Sharks Vs. Predators: Joe Pavelski, Sharks Take Bite Out of Predators

Joe Pavelski's two late third period goals propelled the San Jose Sharks to their third consecutive win Tuesday night, as the Sharks downed the Nashville Predators, 3-1.

Joe Pavelski's two late third period goals propelled the San Jose Sharks to their third consecutive win Tuesday night, as the Sharks downed the Nashville Predators, 3-1.

Pavelski snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:51 left in regulation, capitalizing on a turnover by Jonathan Blum behind the Predators net. 'Little Joe' picked up the loose puck, then beat Pekka Rinne to tuck a shot just inside the right post.

With Rinne pulled for an extra attacker, Pavelski added an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining to close out the scoring. The first Pavelski goal came just 57 seconds after the Predators had tied the game.

Nashville would take advantage of a literal bad break for the Sharks to tie the game on a late third period power play. Ryane Clowe took an ill-timed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, when he dropped the gloves to fight Jordan Tootoo, who just stood there with his gloves on to draw the man advantage.

On the ensuing power play, Sharks' penalty killer Michal Handzus had his stick break in the defensive right wing corner, in essence giving the Preds a two-man advantage. Craig Smith started the sequence on the game-tying goal, as he sent a pass from behind the net to defenseman Shea Weber in the slot. Weber's shot was stopped by Antti Niemi, but Smith was there to pick up the rebound and flip a backhander into the far side.

San Jose carried a 1-0 lead late into the final frame on the strength of a Logan Couture shorthanded tally late in the opening stanza. Couture pounced on the rebound of a Martin Havlat shot, and beat Rinne high to the stick side.

Rinne held Nashville in the game, stopping 33 of 35 shots.

There are some very good signs for a San Jose team that seems to have recovered after starting off the year with a tough 1-3-0 record. Pavelski has scored goals in three straight contests, notching four goals and six points in the three games. After going without a goal in his first five contests, Couture has goals in two consecutive games.

Patrick Marleau got the primary assist on both Pavelski goals, and Joe Thornton also assisted on both.  It's promising to see the Sharks' "Big Line" coming through, especially at the most crucial of times.

Even though the Predators were only able to generate 20 shots on Niemi, the goaltender looked sharp all night. The lone time he was beaten was when he was screened on Smith's rebound and the shot made it through a mass of humanity.

Nashville dropped below the .500 mark (3-4-1), and remain winless at home (0-2-1).  The Preds have scored just five times in the last four games. David Legwand, who started out with a blazing eight points (2 G, 6 A) in his first four games, has gone pointless in the past four contests. Captain Shea Weber, a defenseman relied on for his offensive output as well as his shut down play, has yet to light the lamp and has managed just three assists.

At the moment, it appears these two teams are headed in very opposite directions.

For more from the San Jose perspective, check in with Sharks blog Fear The Fin. For more from the Nashville perspective, check in with Predators blog On the Forecheck.

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