Hockey is for everyone……except Sharks apparently. The San Jose Sharks (33-20-8, 74 points) stepped into Bridgestone Arena and got a major licking from the Nashville Predators(37-14-9, 83 points). On a night that had historical implications with Pekka Rinne on the edge of his 300th career win, the home team did not disappoint.
The Sharks have been especially cold on the man advantage, and tonight went 0 for 5 to go a staggering 0 for 19 in their last 7 games.
To open up the scoring, Nick Bonino went old school on the wrap around to give Nashville a 1-0 lead 1:55 into the first. Later in the period, Scott Hartnell found room in front the way he does best off a pass from Bonino to get another one past Aaron Dell. 2-0 good guys. Bonino with a goal and an assist.
Pekka’s bid for a shutout in his 300th victory was snared by Logan Couture banking a puck off his arm through a hole even the camera couldn’t see on slow motion to get the Sharks on the board. 2-1 Nashville.
It seemed as though San Jose was gaining momentum, building shots and cutting the lead in half until Kevin Fiala, like a magician, slid the puck through the five hole of Aaron Dell, Kucherov style, to put another spark in the Seventh Man. 3-1 Preds.
The onslaught continued on the power play, P.K. Subban shot at the net from the blueline and Viktor Arvidsson collected the rebound to put another bullet in the confidence of Aaron Dell. 4-1 Preds.
This started a huge four goal third period for the home squad. At 6:00, 11:00, and 17:51 respectively, Johansen, Ekholm and Jarnkrok added style goals, making the final score a staggering 7-1.
There was an energy and an incentive from the boys tonight. An all around gutsy effort that paid off greatly with a huge win. That was two more points for the good guys, 83 overall and still leading the Central Division, broadening our lead over the Jets. The St Louis Blues (34-23-4, 72 points) are up next for the11:00 AM Sunday matinee. So let’s fill the stands and keep getting loud.