Sharks 2, Predators 1 (SO): Fine Finns In Goal

Mar 15, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) saves a shot against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The Nashville Predators couldn't quite catch Detroit in the standings tonight, but they did get a step closer, dropping a shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks, 2-1. Both goaltenders, Pekka Rinne and Antti Niemi, stood strong in their crease and came up with several highlight-reel plays.

None of the Nashville shooters scored in the shootout, while Ryan Clowe got the clincher for the Sharks. The Predators pulled to within one point of the Red Wings for 4th place in the Western Conference standings, but Nashville still has one more game in hand.

Rinne made 34 saves in regulation and overtime, weathering some tremendous pressure by San Jose and not yielding many rebound opportunities at all. Patric Hornqvist took the team goal-scoring lead with his 22nd marker of the season, converting on a 1st period power play.

Follow after the jump for your highlights and breakdown...

Cue the video (might take 30-45 minutes post-game to work):

Your random observations:

  • Remember how we talked about Nashville's opportunity here being on the power play against a poor San Jose PK unit? That opening goal by Hornqvist was a perfect example. There's no way he should have had that much time to wheel & shoot like that!
  • You can tell that Barry Trotz is getting into playoff mode, calling a timeout midway through the 2nd period to give his guys a rest after a Brandon Yip icing.
  • It was good to see the reaction by the Preds on the ice after Martin Havlat hooked one of Rinne's knees late in the second period, sending him tumbling awkwardly to the ice.
  • Yet another solid night on the dot for Paul Gaustad, as he went 15-for-24, but it wasn't good watching him head for the dressing room with an apparent wrist injury midway through the third period. So many of the other forwards get muscled off the puck, that Gaustad's size & strength really stand out.
  • Sergei Kostitsyn with 4 shots? Be still my beating heart...
  • That third period was an interesting one - the Preds really dominated the late stages and came close to closing out this one in regulation, which would have been a real blow to San Jose's drive for the playoffs.
  • Dan Boyle carved up Ryan Suter & Shea Weber like Ryan Kesler in the playoffs last spring, but Pekka made a great stop there in overtime to keep the Preds alive, didn't he?

Box Score - Game Summary - Event Summary - Corsi Numbers

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.