SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier scored in the seventh round of the shootout and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Saturday night.
Tomas Hertl scored in regulation to help the Sharks win their third straight after losing seven of eight. Martin Jones had 24 saves through overtime and then denied all seven Nashville attempts in the tiebreaker.
Flip Forsberg had a goal for the Predators, who lost for the fourth time in five games after winning four straight. Juuse Saros finished with 31 saves through the extra period and had didn’t allow anything to the first six San Jose skaters in the shootout.
The Predators finished 0 for 4 on the power play against the NHL’s top penalty-killing unit. They had a 4-on-3 for the last 1:31 of overtime after Evander Kane was called for hooking.
The Predators got on the scoreboard first with 5:16 left in the second when Forsberg slipped a wrist shot past Jones from eight feet out after the Predators forward got past All-Star defenceman Erik Karlsson. Rookie defenceman Dante Fabbro had an assist on Forsberg’s eighth, which tied him for the team lead.
The Sharks tied it on Hertl’s seventh at 5:22 of the third, knocking in the rebound of a shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic from just inside the blue line.
NOTES: Hertl has a goal in three straight games with six points (three goals, three assists) over that stretch. He has 18 points in his last 13 games (seven goals, 11 assists). … Forsberg extended his points streak to four games, with three goals and two assists over that stretch. … Fabbro left the game after being struck in the face by a puck in front of the Predators’ goal late in the second period. He came back into the game late in the third. … Sharks F Melker Karlsson was back in the lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury. . D Mario Ferraro was out of the San Jose lineup with an undisclosed injury after taking a hard hit in Thursday’s game against Minnesota. Ferraro was replaced in the lineup by D Tim Heed, a scratch in each of the previous two games. … Sharks D Dalton Prout (upper body) was activated from the injured reserve. … F Lean Bergmann was reassigned to the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate. . Jones played in his 300th game.
Predators: At Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Sharks: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night.
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Gideon Rubin, The Associated Press