Jan 31, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) looks on during a stop in play of the game against the Edmonton Oilers at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks Handed First Loss by Predators in Shootout


The Sharks are perfect no more.

After a 7-0 start, the Sharks fell to the Nashville Predators in a shootout by the final score of 2-1.

San Jose outshot Nashville 27-24, but could not squeeze anything by Pekka Rinne during the first two periods. Rinne recorded 26 saves on the night.

Both teams were held scoreless heading into the third period, but then the action picked up.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first of the season for Nashville just 59 seconds in on a wrist shot from the slot.

Then, after realizing that their unbeaten streak could come to an end, the Sharks turned on the engines. Martin Havlat, who nearly had a tap-in goal earlier in the game but instead chose to celebrate too early, backhanded one past Rinne on the power play to tie things up at 1-1.

It would remained tied throughout the third period and overtime, where the Sharks killed off a 4-on-3 power play to send things to a shootout.

They had won their previous two games via a shootout, but no luck this time. Rinne stopped Michal Handzus, and Ryane Clowe, and after Craig Smith scored for the Predators, Rinne stoned Joe Pavelski to conclude matters.

The Sharks are now 7-0-1, so the silver lining is that they still gain a point and remain undefeated in regulation.

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