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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sergei Kostitsyn and Colin Wilson scored goals 44 seconds apart in the third period and the Nashville Predators earned their fourth straight victory by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Jordin Tootoo also scored for the Predators, who have at least one point in nine consecutive games.
Kostitsyn tied it 2-2 with 3:16 left when he put a shot between Antti Niemi's pads. Wilson scored the game winner with 2:32 remaining.
Niclas Wallin and Dany Heatley scored for the Sharks, who led 1-0 and 2-1.
The Sharks went ahead the first time when Wallin scored with a slap shot from above the left circle at 7:25 of the first period. That quickly ended Nashville goalie Anders Lindback's bid for a third straight shutout.
Nashville tied it 12:14 into the second period. Tootoo, battling on the boards behind the net, managed to backhand the puck in front where it was knocked in by San Jose's Scott Nichol, who was stationed at the left post.
The Sharks took a 2-1 lead with 2:34 left in the second. Heatley skated in from the right side and put the puck between Lindback and the right post during a power play.
NOTES: Nashville's Patric Hornqvist was a late scratch with an undisclosed upper body injury. He scored twice in the Predators' previous game Monday against the New York Islanders. ... San Jose beat Nashville three times in four meetings last season. ... -of-four games last season. Nashville RW Wade Belak played for the first time since Nov. 7. ... Kostitsyn has a seven-game point streak.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On coming back in the third period…
In the third period we came really hard and tried to drive the net. It was a great play by Weber over to Kostitsyn to get it tied up. They came really hard the next shift and had us backed up a little bit. We were able to fend it off and get an odd-man break and executed on that odd-man break. A lot of twists and turns, but it was a pretty solid night.
On Tootoo’s overall play…
Tootoo was good today. He’s playing with lots of pop in his game. His forecheck created the first goal. [His line] had the assignment of playing against the Thornton line most of the night.
On getting the winning goal so soon after tying the game…
I don’t know if you think about getting the next goal. We wanted to be really strong. There wasn’t a whole lot of time on the clock, so you just want to make sure you come back after that [tying] goal with some good momentum. You have the momentum – you don’t want to give it back to them right away.
On the Predators’ third-period goals…
I don’t know if it’s being more comfortable on the rush; it’s the counters. The counters were good – look at the last two goals. Weber realized that they were flat-footed, he took it wide and really drove the zone. We had guys heading to the paint, and he executed, and Sergei (Kostitsyn) obviously redirected it to the net. Going to the net really hard, our “D” activating really quickly on a quick counter on that goal and then a quick counter on the last goal. We defended well. They pressed; they tried something a little more risky, and we were able to counter from it. Good defense led to good offense.
On J-P Dumont’s sprawling defensive play while on the power play…
That was a big play at that point because we were down 2-1. If [the Sharks player] walks in and scores, I would probably say at that point it was ‘game, set, and match.’ They were playing pretty well defensively.
Forward Colin Wilson
On his goal…
I am not sure what happened to their D zone but we came out with that three-on-one. Sullivan, whether in practice or in games, I know he likes to make that pass so I was ready for it and he made a great pass.
On gaining the lead with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game…
It’s really hard to do. They have a great team and that was a really fast passed game. I think to get those two quick goals was great for our team and great for our team confidence.
He can’t have a shut out every night but he’s allowed to let two in. It was a great job by him. He made some huge saves. He kept us in the game; instead of it being 3 to 1, where we would have tied, he allowed us to win the game.
Goaltender Anders Lindback
On the end of his shutout streak…
I knew it was going to come sooner or later. I just do what I always do – just try not to think about it and try to just go on with the next puck.
On being able to win a game like this…
“I think it is important. It’s not like how the games used to be and now we get this kind of game and it’s just is building our confidence.
Forward Jordin Tootoo
On his goal…
I knew a couple of the guys were driving hard to the net and I just tried to kind of put it in the area there. We got a lucky bounce there and that kind of started us off.
On his energy level tonight compared to Monday’s game…
I think it’s that you play different styles of teams and you got to read their kind of systems. You know we always play close games with San Jose so tonight our mentality was to play good defense and shut down their line.
On the last three minutes of the game and the energy…
I think you know there are momentum shifts in games. Obviously, when you score big goals in games that tie it up, it kind of gets the momentum back.
On his last penalty…
For me personally, I need to bear down in our defensive zone and not take penalty like that.
|Niclas Wallin (3) Slapshot - ASST: Benn Ferriero (3), Justin Braun (7)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Jordin Tootoo (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Dany Heatley (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (21)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Sergei Kostitsyn (5) Tip-in - ASST: Shea Weber (8), Ryan Suter (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Colin Wilson (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (10), Marcel Goc (8)|
3 - 2 NSH
|Scott Nichol Hooking against Cal O'Reilly|
|Sergei Kostitsyn Hi-sticking against Derek Joslin|
|Dany Heatley Cross checking against Kevin Klein|
|Dany Heatley Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Jerred Smithson Hooking against Joe Pavelski|
|Shane O'Brien Tripping against Benn Ferriero|
|Jason Demers Tripping against Marcel Goc|
|Jordin Tootoo Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|SA: 35||TOI: 58:19|
|Saves: 32||EV: 29 - 32|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .914||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 27||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 25||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .926||SH: 1 - 1|