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Sharks vs. Predators 2016 final score: Shea Weber leads Predators to pivotal Game 3 win

San Jose still leads the series, 2-1.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators fed off their raucous home crowd in Game 3, blitzing the San Jose Sharks for a 4-1 win to pull within one goal of tying the series.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was excellent in the win, stopping 26 of 27 shots. Shea Weber led the Predators with a goal and an assist.

The Sharks got on the board first thanks to a poor decision by Rinne, who tried to break up Patrick Marleau's solo rush and failed.


Rinne would settle down after that, keeping the Sharks off the scoresheet for the rest of the game.

Nashville went to work offensively in the second period. With the Predators on the power play, winger James Neal fired a slap shot from the right circle past Sharks goalie Martin Jones to tie the game. Ten minutes later, a fortunate bounce for the Predators fell on Weber's stick, and he released a cannon of a shot to extend the lead to 2-1.


The Predators' momentum was halted when rookie Colton Sissons seemingly bent his leg the wrong way when he collided with a net post. Nashville's Colin Wilson responded with a goal minutes later, putting the Predators up by two goals. Instead of pulling up, the Predators kept up the pressure and Filip Forsberg put the Sharks away with a goal to make it 4-1.

Game 4 is on Thursday in Nashville.