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More fight, but same result as Sharks lose to Predators

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted.

It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with a 0-3-1 record.

Timo Meier scored the Sharks' only goal with 1:58 left in the third period to cut Nashville's lead to one. But the Predators added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones finished with 29 saves as Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen scored power-play goals at the 4:24 and 12:59 marks of the third period, respectively.

In all, the Sharks had to kill seven minor penalties.

 

The Sharks had chances to tie the game after Bonino scored. But Barclay Goodrow was denied by Predators goalie Juuse Saros on a penalty-shot attempt with 10:55 left in the third period. Meier was then stopped on a breakaway with 8:05 left in the third period.

In all, Saros finished with 24 saves as the Predators won the season series with the Sharks two games to one.

A critical juncture came late in the second period as Predators defenseman Roman Josi was given a cross-checking penalty with 26 seconds left before the intermission.

But just 22 seconds into the power play, Dan Hamhuis got tangled with Evander Kane in front of the net. Kane came up and began swinging at Hamhuis before he got into a fight with Austin Watson.

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