May 4, 2016 / 4:04 AM / 3 years ago

Predators turn tables on Sharks with 4-1

(The Sports Xchange) - There was no third-period explosion from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, only resolute play by the desperate Nashville Predators.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) celebrates with defenseman Barret Jackman (5) after a win against the San Jose Sharks in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Getting 26 saves from goaltender Pekka Rinne and clutch play from most of their big guns, Nashville earned their first win in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-finals with a 4-1 verdict at Bridgestone Arena.

San Jose still lead the series 2-1, but the Predators can square things up if they win Game 4 on Thursday.

Nashville gave themselves that chance by overcoming an early deficit and bottling up the Sharks, who scored seven third-period goals in 5-2 and 3-2 wins in Game 1 and 2 over the weekend.

This time Nashville did the third-period damage.

Colin Wilson, who scored only six regular season goals, made it 3-1 on a rebound tally at 6:55. Filip Forsberg iced it with the Predators’ second power-play marker of the game at 15:49.

Goalie Martin Jones finished with 21 saves for San Jose, who lost for the first time on the road in the playoffs.

San Jose initiated the scoring at 13:13 of the first period when Patrick Marleau split defensemen Shea Weber and Roman Josi, then took advantage of an ill-fated attempt to clear the puck by Rinne for a tap-in into an empty net.

Nashville tied it at 5:11 of the second period during a four-minute power play. Mattias Ekholm circled into the middle of the offensive zone and found James Neal in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer, Neal’s third goal of the playoffs.

Weber gave the Predators their first lead during a four-on-four sequence, bombing a one-timer past Jones at 14:44 for his third playoff goal. It was his 13th career playoff marker, tying David Legwand for the franchise record.

Editing by Peter Rutherford

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