Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 2/26/12

On Saturday night, the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 in front of a sold out crowd at Bridgestone Arena. It was the 17th sellout of the season. The win makes Nashville 11-0-2 in their last 13 home games.

Weber is congratulated by Legwand, Smith after scoring in Predators 6-2 win over Sharks

The Predators were looking for better starts to their games and they got one as Nashville went ahead 2-0 less than 4 minutes into the game. The Predators scored on their first two shots on goal as Colin Wilson opened the scoring just 2:03 into the period.

“It was nice to start with the lead and play with it all night. Pekka [Rinne] stood strong in the third. We didn’t have many shots. We have to do better than that. Every game there is something you can do better at. We need to look at that every game and move forward,” Legwand said.

Wilson’s goal, his 14th of the season, was the result of a 2-on-1 with Jordin Tootoo.

Predators Captain Shea Weber made it 2-0 when he beat Antti Niemi 1:20 later.

Head Coach Barry Trotz said the Predators learned from their previous sluggish starts. “We talked about last game. You always wonder if you learned any lessons. Hopefully we learned a little bit of a lesson there. We know that Phoenix won this afternoon. [San Jose] went from first in the division to seventh. They’re looking to try and catch us, so this really became a big four-point game,” he said.

Patrick Marleau picked up his 26th goal of the season at the 10:58 mark of the first period to cut Nashville’s lead in half, but Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan says the early two-goal deficit was too big to climb out from under.

“Two shots, two goals, two mistakes, game over. Pretty simple. We just had a meeting and addressed those two situations in particular, and it came back to bite us. You can play hard the rest of the night and spend a lot of energy when you know you have a game the next day. But the game’s over four minutes in,” McLellan said.

Nashville would score a third goal before the opening frame was over. Kevin Klein picked up his fourth goal of the season with 4:02 left in the opening frame to make it 3-1 Predators. The goal tied a career best four goals set a season ago. Klein is just three points shy of matching his career best in points (18), also set last year.

Weber, with his second of the night, Martin Erat and Nick Spaling rounded out the scoring for Nashville. Weber’s second goal was a power play tally. Nashville has now taken over the NHL lead in power play success rate at 21.7 percent, with Vancouver second at 21.6 percent.

This week, the Predators played three teams ahead of them in the standings but ended up taking five of the six possible points by beating Vancouver on Tuesday and taking St. Louis to a shootout Thursday night. “We’ve done a good job against good teams. We have to continue that. We still have 20 games left and it is going to be an important stretch for us to move forward,” Legwand said.

Nashville ends its four-game homestand on Monday night when the Predators host Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings before heading to Carolina for a Tuesday night contest against the Hurricanes.

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