Josi Scores Twice as Predators Beat Struggling Sharks 5-2

NASHVILLE — Roman Josi scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Dante Fabbro also scored for the Predators, who have won two of three to start the season.

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist and Evander Kane also scored for the struggling Sharks, now 0-4.

Josi Breaks the Ice

Josi scored the game’s first two goals, opening the scoring early in the opening period.

Nashville Predators Roman Josi
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Colton Sissons carried the puck into the San Jose zone. From the right faceoff dot, he found Josi skating through the slot with a pass. Josi beat Sharks goaltender Martin Jones with a wrist shot high to the stick side.

Jones finished with 20 saves.

Josi scored again at 10:25 of the second.

With the Predators on a power play, Forsberg’s attempt from the left faceoff dot hit the shaft of Jones’ stick and then deflected off the post. Josi stepped in front of the Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s clearing attempt and then fired the puck into the vacated net on Jones’ far side.

Kane Returns to Ice

Kane halved the Predators lead at 15:12 of the second on the power play, deflecting Logan Couture’s shot from above the left faceoff circle past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for his first of the season.

Rinne made 33 saves.

Kane returned to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for physical abuse of an official during the team’s final preseason game.

Sharks left wing Evander Kane
Sharks left wing Evander Kane (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

Turris gave Nashville another two-goal advantage early in the third with a wrist shot over Jones’ glove off a bank pass from Rocco Grimaldi.

The goal was Turris’ first of the season. He scored seven last season, during which he played in 55 games with two stints on injured reserve.

Forsberg found the net 7:24 of the third, set up by Matt Duchene, who has six assists in three games with Nashville.

Burns made it 4-2 at 15:37 of the third, and Fabbro added a late empty-netter.

NOTES: Forsberg has points in each of Nashville’s games this season. … Josi has scored twice 10 times but has never posted a hat trick. … Before the game, San Jose announced it had signed former captain C Patrick Marleau to a 1-year contract. He’s expected to meet the Sharks in Chicago before Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks. … Kane’s power-play goal was the Sharks’ first man-advantage goal of the season.


Sharks: Visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Predators: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday.


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Jim Diamond, The Associated Press