Predators get by Sharks in drama-filled affair.

The Nashville Predators looked to build a winning streak on Thursday night with the San Jose Sharks in town and that’s exactly what they did by picking up a 5-3 win in what turned out to be a high-scoring and dramatic outing.

Juuse Saros earned the win for Nashville between the pipes after stopping 39 of the 42 shots the Sharks threw his way. The young Finn was exceptional in net with a strong number of highlight reel saves.

With the win, the Preds set a new franchise record with 111 points on the year.

How It All Went Down

The Preds and Sharks both showed off their speed and offensive ability in a major way in the opening period as both sides lit the lamp twice.

The Predators got the scoring going 5:26 into the contest when Kyle Turris put home the rebound of a P.K. Subban shot from the blue line. The goal stood as Turris’ 15th of the year.

Less than 1:30 later, the Sharks tied things up at 1-1 courtesy of Logan Couture going bar-down for his 32nd goal of the year as he beat Saros up top.

The back-and-forth, fast hockey continued on both ends before the Preds re-took their lead as Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson hooked up for a tic-tac-toe goal that Arvidsson finished off.

Just like they did after Nashville’s first goal, the Sharks answered back and answered back quick.

Less than two minutes after the Arvidsson tally, San Jose’s Brenden Dillan slid a shot through traffic out in front for his fifth goal of the campaign.

The goal-filled first frame ended with the Predators holding a 14-9 edge in the shots on goal department.

The second stanza cooled off in the goal scoring department as there was only one goal scored, but it wasn’t due to the fact that there were fewer chances.

Penalties proved to be the story of the second period as San Jose was whistled for four minors while Nashville registered two penalties of its own. Neither side lit the lamp on the power play however.

The lone goal in the period came with 9:22 left courtesy of Craig Smith. Ryan Ellis drove to the net and with a bouncing puck, Kevin Fiala’s play on the puck bounced over to Smith and the winger netted his 22nd goal of the year.

As the Preds took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission, it was San Jose who had the edge in total scoring chances by a count of 24-21. The Predators led 25-18 in shots on target.

The Sharks were gifted two penalties back-to-back early on in the third period and while they weren’t able to tie things up on the man advantage, they eventually did a few seconds following.

Mikkel Boedker beat Saros to make it a 3-3 contest 5:54 into the final frame. Saros made a handful of legitimate highlight reel saves before Boedker eventually slipped one home.

The back-and-forth play on the ice and on the scoreboard continued later on. With 9:54 left in regulation, Ryan Ellis blasted a slapshot that simply overpowered the pad of Martin Jones to give Nashville its one-goal lead back. Arvidsson picked up an assist on the goal giving him 60 points on the year.

Ellis’ goal proved to be the game winner, but the drama that ensued after the goal was something.

With 1:53 left in the contest and the Sharks already on the power play, Saros made an unbelievable stop and during the action Ellis knocked the goal off of its pegs and was handed a delay of game penalty giving the Sharks a penalty shot.

Saros came up big yet again on the penalty shot and got a piece of Logan Couture’s shot. He finished the third period by stopping 23 of the 24 shots he saw in the third frame.

Nick Bonino sealed the deal for Nashville by netting an empty net goal with 17 seconds left on the clock.

When it was all said and done, the Sharks out shot the Predators 42-32 on the night.

The Predators return to action on Saturday as they play host to the Buffalo Sabres at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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