Predators lose game but gain ground at conclusion of road trip

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:20am
Staff reports

Joel Ward and Shea Weber each scored power play goals but the Nashville Predators lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday at San Jose.

Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner for the Sharks with 1:36 remaining in the extra period. Marleau also scored an overtime goal the last time the teams met, Feb. 15 in Nashville.

This time he converted a 2-on-1 as San Jose countered after a good scoring chance from Nashville.

“It hurts,” Weber said. “I thought we fought hard and we were hanging around in the third period. We were fortunate to get a point.”

Ward and Weber each rallied the Predators from one-goal deficits. Ward made it 1-1 at 14:22 of the first period, 6:05 after the Sharks took an early lead. Weber, who had an assist on Ward’s goal, made it 2-2 6:08 into the second period and just fewer than two minutes after San Jose scored one of its own with the man-advantage.

It was just the eighth time this season — the first since Jan. 16 — Nashville scored more than one power-play goal in a single game. Martin Erat assisted on both.

Neither team scored in the third period but San Jose dominated and had a 13-4 edge in shots. The final shot totals were 33-25 in the Sharks’ favor.

Ryan Clowe had a goal and an assist, and Dany Heatley had two assists for San Jose.

The contest concluded the Predators’ four-game road trip out West during which they went 1-1-2 and earned four points. They ended the stretch in 10th place in the Western Conference standings having passed Anaheim with the point earned against the Sharks.

“The attitude in the locker room is good,” Weber said. “This is definitely a tough loss, but if you look at the schedule we have for the rest of the year, it’s nice for us.”

Nashville has 12 of its remaining 15 games at home, beginning Thursday against Minnesota (7 p.m., Bridgestone Arena). The Wild are ninth in the West following a 5-2 victory over Colorado on Tuesday.