It has been a process for the Predators this season. Their two wins in the season-opening weekend proved to be somewhat of a mirage as they went winless in their next four games.
Pekka Rinne then stole a game in Calgary, but they couldn't quite pull one out against a deep San Jose Sharks team on Tuesday night. Just 57 seconds after Nashville tied the game late in the third period, the Predators relaxed a bit, and San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored the eventual game-winner. Pavelski later added an empty-net goal for a 3-1 Sharks victory.
"That's something that you have to learn from -- especially with a real, hard-working goal. They're going to have a push, and you've got to come out with a big shift there," Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said. "They scored right away. It swings momentum."
Nashville was grossly outshot again, this time 36-20. But the Predators didn't believe San Jose had the same amount of scoring chances as some of their other opponents in previous games.