Fisher goal downs Sharks in marathon OT win
(The Sports Xchange) - Mike Fisher ended the longest game in Nashville Predators history with a rebound goal at 11:12 of the third overtime early on Friday morning, giving them a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks to tie the Western Conference semifinal at 2-2.
Fisher pounced on a shot by Mattias Ekholm for his second goal of the nearly five-hour game as Nashville withstood a fierce San Jose attack during the overtime periods.
Pekka Rinne made 44 stops for the Predators and Martin Jones came up with 41 saves for the Sharks.
Game 5 is Saturday night in San Jose, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Nashville.
The Sharks controlled the second overtime with an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal, but they couldn't capitalize on a late power play. Rinne starred with a pair of huge stops on Tomas Hertl at point-blank range.
Earlier in the second overtime, the Sharks killed a penalty on Joe Thornton.
San Jose's Joe Pavelski had a potential game-winning goal at 7:34 of the first overtime waved off by the referees. A replay review confirmed the call, citing Pavelski for contacting Rinne.
Nashville outshot the Sharks 11-9 in the first OT, almost ending it when Ryan Johansen's wrister from the slot beat Jones but banged off the right goalpost -- the fourth post or crossbar the Predators hit in the game.
San Jose appeared to steal momentum at 6:48 of the third period on Brent Burns' second goal of the game, five seconds into a power play. With Barret Jackman in the penalty box for kneeing Chris Tierney, Burns ripped a point blast over Rinne. Continued...