David Legwand had a goal and an assist, Shea Weber had a pair of assists and Marek Mazanec made 26 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which finished 1-1-1 on its three-game road trip. Antti Niemi stopped 25 of 28 shots in the loss. The Sharks return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.
San Jose played without forward Logan Couture, who will undergo a surgical procedure Wednesday for an upper-body injury.
Legwand broke a scoreless tie 3:35 into the second period after a Sharks turnover. Craig Smith was able to poke the puck away from Joe Thornton near the right circle and quickly chipped it to Legwand, who ripped a wrist shot past Niemi for his seventh goal of the season.
Pavelski tied it via the power play at 6:49. After Ekholm was whistled for shooting the puck over the glass, Dan Boyle fired a slap shot from the right point that Pavelski managed to redirect past Mazanec to make it 1-1. It was Pavelski's 19th goal of the season.
Ekholm quickly redeemed himself and put Nashville ahead to stay at 7:16. With the teams back at even strength, Ekholm retrieved the puck after Legwand won a faceoff deep in the offensive zone, then drove around the net and fought off Sharks defenseman Justin Braun before backhanding a shot from the right circle past Niemi for his first NHL goal.
Josi put the Predators up by two at 11:30 on another even-strength goal. Weber sent a wrister from just inside the blue line that was denied by Niemi, but Josi collected the puck along the left-wing boards, skated around the net and out to the slot before firing a wrist shot near the right circle past Niemi to give Nashville a 3-1 lead. It was Josi's fourth goal of the season.
San Jose made it a one-goal game with 1:22 left in regulation on Marleau's 20th goal of the season. With Niemi pulled for an extra attacker, Marleau redirected Matthew Nieto's shot past Mazanec.