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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators won a hard fought battle with their hated rivals, the San Jose Sharks, at Bridgestone Arena, 3-1.  The game was peppered with multiple penalties on both teams, and an epic performance in goal from Juuse Saros for the Predators.

These two teams absolutely don’t like each other and it showed tonight.  Nashville’s Austin Watson and San Jose’s Evander Kane both received game misconduct penalties for altercations during the second period.

Nashville was called for 39 minutes of penalty time while San Jose spent 33 minutes in the penalty box.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros blocks a shot against the San Jose Sharks as Nashville wins it, 3-1.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros blocks a shot against the San Jose Sharks as Nashville wins it, 3-1.  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators put on an offensive performance tonight against the New Jersey Devils, outgunning the visitors, 6-4.  Former Predators P.K Subban and Wayne Simmons made their return to Bridgestone Arena, only to face the wrath of their former teammates in quite a shootout.

Nashville jumped on the Devils early with two quick goals to grab the early advantage.

Daniel Carr put the Predators on the board just 46 seconds into the game, when he deflected a shot from Dan Hamhuis, and netted his first goal of the season, and Nashville was quickly in front, 1-0.

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Nashville Predators defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-4  (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to the San Jose Sharks 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsSan Jose, CA – The Nashville Predators managed to squeeze a point out of tonight’s loss to the San Jose Sharks, losing 2-1 in regulation.  The game went to a shoot-out where Timo Meier, in his first shoot-out appearance, slipped one over the shoulder of Juuse Saros for the win.

Nashville entered tonight’s game wondering how they would recover from the embarrassing loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night, 9-4, but hit the ice determined to play Predators hockey.  This is the third of four road games for the Predators, as they wrap this road trip up in Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Nashville Predators Fall To The San Jose Sharks 2-1

Nashville Predators Fall To The San Jose Sharks 2-1 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators rebounded from the weekend loss to the Detroit Red Wings in fine fashion tonight, beating the hapless San Jose Sharks, 5-2.

As head coach Peter Laviolette continues to shuffle his lines to see where the magic is, the Predators appeared to be hitting on all points tonight. 

THE Captain, Roman Josi got things started for Nashville at 6:16 of the opening frame with a wrist shot that put the Preds on the scoreboard first, leading 1-0.  Josi was assisted on the score by Colton Sissons and Ryan Ellis.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.(Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.(Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to Detroit Red Wings 5-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators lost to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, 5-3.  Nashville just never could get a leg up on the Wings as they were having to come back all night long.

Coming off of an opening night win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, the Predators came into Bridgestone Arena with a lot of momentum, but they have always had trouble with Detroit and especially with Red Wings net minder, Jimmy Howard.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his first of two goals at 10:29 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat starting Predators goalie, Juuse Saros for the early 1-0 lead.  The Wings then made it 2-0 at 11:40 of the opening frame when Anthony Mantha slipped a back hand into the net.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSan Jose, CA – The Nashville Predators completed their final west coast swing tonight as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2.  Viktor Arvidsson scored to goals in the winning effort.

The Sharks present one of the hottest scoring teams in the NHL and the Predators knew they would have to keep them out of the net.  Juuse Saros started between the pipes tonight, giving Pekka Rinne a night off.

But keep your eyes on Colton Sissons who’s been playing great hockey of late.  Tonight he put his Predators on the board first at 1:07 of the opening period, snatching a juicy rebound in front of the net and the Predators had the early 2-0 lead.

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots and scores a goal against San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan (47) in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. (John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsLos Angeles, CA – Just what the doctor ordered.  A big win for the Nashville Predators. 

Tonight in Los Angeles, the Predators did what they needed to do with a 3-1 win over the lackluster Kings. Coming off  of two embarrassing performances of late, the Predators stepped up their energy throughout the game, firing 34 shots on goal and keeping LA goalie Jonathan Quick under fire for most of the night.

Viktor Arvidsson got things started for the Predators at 15:04 of the opening period when Nashville took off on an odd man rush after a Pekka Rinne save on the Nashville net. 

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) moves the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) moves the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators comeback falls short against San Jose Sharks 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN -The Nashville Predators came roaring back from a 3-0 first period deficit, taking a 4-3 lead in the third period, only to come up short to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4.

Joe Thornton scored his 400th career goal for the game winner for the Sharks.

The Predators came out extremely flat in the first period, in game two of a back-to-back series after losing to the Anaheim Ducks last night, and found themselves outplayed by San Jose and down 3-0 after the first frame.

San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. ( Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save against San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. ( Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Anaheim Ducks in shootout loss 2-1

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators fell to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a game that went to a shootout after the two teams were tied 1-1 through the overtime period.

The Predators had seven power plays on the night and couldn’t convert on any of those opportunities. 

The power play continues to plague Nashville and it was the teams weak link tonight.

Nashville was playing without one of its stars, Viktor Arvidsson who was a recovering from a hit he received during Saturday’s Dallas Stars victory. 

Anaheim Ducks left wing Pontus Aberg (20) moves in for the puck against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks left wing Pontus Aberg (20) moves in for the puck against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Honda Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators blow two goal lead to lose to San Jose Sharks 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators blew a two goal lead in the third period to fall to the visiting San Jose Sharks, 5-4.

The Predators were on a five game winning streak until tonight, and dropped only their second game to the Sharks in their last 11 meetings in Tennessee.

San Jose struck first on a power play goal in the first period, but Viktor Arvidsson evened the score on a breakaway goal to end the first period. 

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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