Since February the Sharks have been a pedestrian 12-7-6, their performance has seen the Sharks lose their stranglehold on first place and has raised questions about this hockey club. And naturally things have gone from bad to worse for the Sharks. With the flu running through the team their flight was also delayed last night after their thrilling albeit disappointing shootout loss to Chicago.
Tonight with the Nashville Predators fighting for their playoff lives (9th in West) the Sharks appeared to be outworked. The Sharks started the night an impressive 2 for 2 on the powerplay on their way to a 2-0 Sharks lead. But San Jose couldn't get anything going in the games final 36 minutes. The Preds playing like a desperate team beat Evgeni Nabokov three times in 2:38 to take a 3-2 lead in the second period.
In the third the Sharks were to a certain degree shut down by the tight checking Predators. Although with two and a half minutes left in the game the Predators Ryan Suter took a potentially costly cross checking penalty. A man down the Predators Pekka Rinne stepped up, making several key saves to keep the Predators lead entact. On the night Renne made 30 saves earning the Predators a much needed victory.
With the loss the Sharks are now tied with the Red Wings for first place in the Western Conference. Both clubs have 107 points and now have eight games remaining to decide home ice advantage.
Saturday Mar 28
Coyotes @ Sharks 7:30 PT
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Written by Nich Hall