Fisher goal downs Sharks in marathon OT win

Fri May 6, 2016 2:41am EDT
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(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...

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) attempts a shot against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) while being defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) during the overtime period in game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports