Couture lifts Sharks to 3-2 shootout win over Predators

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 9:15 AM

Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback triumph over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Couture lifts Sharks to 3-2 shootout win over Predators

A two-goal deficit in the third period wasn't too much to overcome for one of the NHL'south best road teams.

Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback triumph over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Tomas Hertl scored a pair of third-period goals and Joe Thornton assisted on both for San Jose, winners of three of four.

"We get pride in wanting to finish with the best road record in the league," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "It was a gritty effort. Early on, they'd a couple of seeing-eye goals. We could've chalked it up to one of those nights, but we hung in there and the third period was our best."

The Sharks are 27-10-3 on the road this season.

Shea Weber and Calle Jarnkrok had the goals for the playoff-bound Predators, who have lost four straight. Despite the skid, Nashville clinched its second consecutive playoff berth Friday night when the WA Capitals defeated the CO Avalanche in regulation.

In the shootout, Couture slipped a fast wrist shot from the slot between Carter Hutton'south pads. Hutton had thirty-eight saves in regulation and overtime.

"He was really good," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Hutton. "He had a lot of work, a lot of pucks at him, and way too much time at our end. There was a lot of pucks, a lot of redirects, a lot of things that were tough for him to save."

Weber scored the game'south first goal at 8:07 of the opening period. From the right boards, Mike Ribeiro sent a pass to Weber, who was coming down from the right point. Weber stepped into a one-timer and beat James Reimer high to the adhere side just underneath the crossbar.

Reimer finished with twenty-eight saves and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout.

Ryan Johansen appeared to create it 2-0 as time expired in the first period, but his shot, which was called a goal on the ice, was overturned on video review as not having totally crossed the goal line before the clock hit all zeros.

"I knew it was near to being the finish of the period, but it wasn't in the back of my mind," Reimer said. "When they scored, I looked up and was expecting there to be a couple of seconds left. But then I saw none and you saw them get a while, so you knew it was close. I was pleased with the break."

Jarnkrok did create it 2-0 at 1:38 of the second when he redirected James Neal'south shot from the high slot between Reimer's pads.

Hertl slice Nashville'south lead in half at 2:19 of the third. The goal was Hertl's twentieth of the season, the fifth Sharks player to hit that label this season.

"Yeah, it was a beautiful huge game for us because it was a small bit love the playoffs for us," Hertl said. "It was necessary to arrive back, because maybe sometimes in the playoffs, you necessity this game, you're losing. You know, play excellent first period, arrive back and play really tough in the second and finish in the third."

Hertl then tied it at 10:31 of the third when he redirected Brent Burns' slap shot by Hutton.

"They're a excellent team, they played beautiful well," Johansen said. "Two tough bounces for us, but that'south the way it goes sometimes against excellent teams. We just have to be able to play a better third period."

NOTES: Nashville is 26-1-4 when leading after two periods this season... Johansen has recorded at minimum one point in his latest four games played against the Sharks... Thornton has fifty-seven points in forty-eighth career games played against Nashville... San Jose Celsius Joe Pavelski had one assist in the game, his fortieth of the season. It's the second time in his career he recorded forty assists.

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