It should be a quick back and forth game on Tuesday between the Sharks and the Nashville Predators. And, boy, it did not disappoint.
San Jose traded all night with the Western Conference predicates and even overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie things up late. Then Sharks fans were rewarded with the Erik Karlsson feed for Brent Burns, which they have been waiting for since the start of the season when San Jose ran away with a 5-4 win.
Here are three take-aways from the Tuesday classic.
Scoring was tit for tat, all the way
In their two previous passions, the sharks could win at their opponents and create a cushion in their leadership. However, it was a different story when they had to play against Nashville on Tuesday night. The exchange of opportunities kept the game entertaining from start to finish, demonstrating that this Sharks team could retrieve the fuel from a deficit against a tough team.
The Sharks came early in the board with a rebound goal by Timo Meier the power game. But Viktor Arvidsson used an escape and buried the equalizer before the first period was over. Nashville added 21
In the second frame, Meier broke up a game in the Sharks Zone and brought Logan to Puck Couture. No. 39 brought Tomas Hertl, who pulled the puck at Saros to crack the game, 2: 2. Then Arvidsson met again after he had brought Forsberg with a 3-2 lead into the net.
Barclay Goodrow scored a narrow goal in the closing stages of the second half, and Nashville brought the puck back in the other direction for Craig Smith to drop the Predators' fourth goal of the evening.
Everything seemed lost to the sharks until Brendan Dillon went from coast to coast to score the shortened goal, and Joe Pavelski followed the contest with 4-4. Burns & # 39; game winner was the icing on the cake.
Defense played a role … for better or for worse
The Sharks and Predators have two of the most discussed blue lines in the entire NHL. While both have some amazing moments, both let their feet – or skates, if you want to be picky – get out of the gas at different times.
The San Jose defense looked early on in incline, a few rounds allowed Nashville's top line to capitalize and find the back of the net. Nashville's defense also fell back in the third period when Dillon skated and fired.
The punishment almost came back to prosecute the Sharks
Not that delaying the game penalty against the Sharks in the third period yielded much meaning. Nevertheless, San Jose Nashville gave too many opportunities in powerplay.
Although the power play of the Predators was not spectacular, this is still an area the sharks need to clean up during the season. And it is certainly something for her to tighten as the trip continues with three games. Their next opponents in the upcoming games are not necessarily Power Play specialists – the Hurricanes are at the top of the special teams at the bottom of the league – but it's still part of the Sharks game they're probably looking to clean up.