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SAN JOSE — The occasion might want to await a minimum of two extra days.
The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks alternative to clinch a spot within the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, incomes a Four-2 win at SAP Middle. In doing so, the Predators handed the Sharks their first back-to-back regulation losses at residence this season.
The loss additionally value the Sharks a chance to regain first place within the Western Convention because the Winnipeg Jets beat the Calgary Flames earlier within the evening. In consequence, the Flames keep a one-point lead over the Sharks for first place within the Pacific Division. The Sharks are simply two factors shy of clinching a berth within the Western Convention playoffs.
Filip Forsberg scored the game-winning objective at 7:02 of the third after goalie Martin Jones obtained caught outdoors his web on a wraparound play. Forsberg threw the puck into the blue paint and it bounced in off Tim Heed’s stick. Arvidsson clinched the win for the Predators with 1:06 left in regulation, scoring into an empty web.
Colton Sissons opened the scoring simply 1:07 into the sport, burying a cross from Craig Smith on a Three-on-2 play.
The Sharks went into the second intermission tied 2-2 after scoring a pair of center body targets. Timo Meier obtained the Sharks on the board at Four:09, punching in a cross from Joe Pavelski, who scooped up the rebound of a Joakim Ryan shot. With the secondary help, Ryan earned his first level since Dec. 27.
Nashville regained the lead simply 24 seconds later when a Filip Forsberg shot bounced in off Viktor Arvidsson’s ankle. Joe Thornton tied it up with 2:24 left within the interval, one-timing a cross from Brent Burns, who slid the puck into the crease from the surface. Along with his 61st help of the season, Burns snapped a four-game scoreless drought,
The Sharks will return to motion at SAP Middle on Monday, finishing a three-game homestand in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights.