The last time these two teams met, one was going through some struggles and the other was on top of the world. The Nashville Predators took a surprising 2-1 shootout victory from the San Jose Sharks on February 2, giving the Sharks their first loss of the season. Since then, the Preds are 2-1-1 while San Jose is 0-3-1.
That trend continued Tuesday night.
Nashville overcame an “unacceptable” first period in which they managed just three shots on goal to eventually beat their rivals from the Bay Area, 1-0, in overtime.
Pekka Rinne was absolutely outstanding tonight. His 13-save first period was a goaltending clinic as he single-handedly kept his team in the game.
“We had great goaltending in the first period,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “We weren’t even in that game without Pekka Rinne in that first period.”
The Kempele, Finland, native stopped 25 shots in all, en route to his fifth win of the campaign. The 5-3-3 record he boasts may not look overly impressive but when you consider ...