The San Jose Sharks fell short against the Nashville Predators Saturday, loosing 3-2.
Both teams were coming off of wins from games on December 12, the Predators beating Dallas and the Sharks beating Minnesota. The Predators were able to get a win streak going by capitalizing on a power play goal in the second period, which ultimately became the difference.
Predators were the first to get on the scoreboard. Left wing, Eric Nystrom, got his sixth goal of the year 16 minutes into the game.
Brad Stuart took a fatal penalty in the second, which gave the Predators the opportunity for a power play goal. Stuart went into the box for two minutes, after closing his hand on the puck. With 23 seconds left in the power play, Roman Josi got his second goal of the game. The Predators now led by two heading into the third period.
The Sharks put more pressure on Predators goaltender, Carter Hutton, with more shots on goal in the third than in the first and second period combined. They managed to get two out of 20 shots into the net. The first Sharks goal came from Dan Boyle, assisted by Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau. It was Marleau’s 17th assist of the season.
Predator Viktor Stalberg responded with a wrist shot 10 minutes after Boyle’s goal with the game winner. The Predators led 3-1 with 3:29 left in regulation, but the Sharks continued to put pressure on the net.
After assisting on Boyle’s goal, Marleau got a goal of his own at 19:05 in the third period. Marleau’s goal cut the lead to one point with 55 seconds left in the game.
The Sharks were unable to get a game tying goal in those last 55 seconds. They have now lost five out of their last six games.
They have a two-day rest before they face the Blues on Tuesday, December 17th. The Sharks last saw the Blues on November 29, when they beat them 6-3 on home ice. The Blues will be seeking redemption, while the Sharks will try to get a winning streak started.