Predators beat Sharks 4-1 in Game 3, San Jose Leads Series 2-1

Posted on May 4 2016 - 6:02am by Mike Strasinger
The Predators may be have been down 2-0 but they're not out, winning game 3 by the score of 4-1. Photos by Mike Strasinger

The Predators may be have been down 2-0 but they’re not out, winning game 3 by the score of 4-1. Photos by Mike Strasinger

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The Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in Game 3, scoring 4 unanswered goals to overcome an early 1- 0 lead for the Sharks, before a rabid, sold out crowd at Bridgestone Arena. San Jose leads the Western Conference semi-final series now 2 games to 1 with game 4 in Nashville Thursday at 8:00 PM CT.

After a pretty goal by the Sharks Patrick Marleau at 13:13 of the 1st, the Predators got goals from James Neal, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson , and Filip Forsberg. Neal and Forsberg scored power play goals, while Weber scored on a 4 on 4 situation. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 27 of 28 shots by the Sharks.

Celebration after score by Colin Wilson (33)

Celebration after score by Colin Wilson (33)

The Predators were outplayed in Game 1, probably should have won Game 2, and were rewarded for their better play in Game 3 tonight with the win. This was San Jose’s first loss on the road in the playoffs this year.

Predators Coach Peter Laviolette’s Quotes

Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On tonight’s special teams performance…

I think just making sure we’re disciplined, or trying to be [disciplined] because their power play is so dangerous. I thought our PK did a really good job tonight. Our power play was good tonight. It moved around, got some looks. That was the difference in the game, and it had been.

On tonight’s game…
Our guys have played hard. The only game that we look back on where we say that we weren’t on our toes and ready to jump was game three in the first round, and that happens sometimes. You just don’t have the stuff. Game One we had it, and it was a tough break with the power play goal that they scored. Their building kind of took over from there. Game Two, I liked the way we played, and Game Three, I liked the way we played. I think our guys are playing pretty good hockey right now.

On sitting Mike Ribeiro and starting Pontus Aberg…
In regards to [Ribeiro], it was just a lineup decision that I made. [Aberg], I thought, came in and gave us some good speed. He was a good player for Milwaukee down the stretch. He brings speed and skill, and this is a fast game right now against San Jose. I thought he did a good job. I don’t think he had too many minutes, but I think, in saying that, it’s his first game in the National Hockey League. That can be a little bit overwhelming to come in to our building with the energy that’s in here, it’s his first playoff game, and we’re down 0-2 in the series. That’s a big piece to bite off for him. I thought he did a really good job just using his speed and playing a good game, a smart game. You can see that he’s got speed and you can see that he’s got skill.

On the team loosening up after Neal’s power play goal…
I don’t sense our guys being tight, tense or gripping their sticks. In the morning skates, I think there is a lot of confidence in our room. But San Jose has got a great team, too. You’ve got two good teams playing against each other. It’s not from lack of confidence from our guys that we can’t win or that we can’t be successful. I don’t think we’re gripping our sticks, but you certainly gain a little bit of confidence when we’re scoring some goals, and some guys who are probably looking to make a difference in the game tonight are looking at the scoresheet from tonight’s game. That’s a good thing for our group. Overall, I thought our team played a really gutsy game. We blocked a lot of shots, especially at the end of the first period. There were a lot of guys who were sacrificing their bodies in front of [Rinne]. [Rinne] was terrific. I really liked the way we played tonight.

On special teams factoring in to the series…
Special teams always factor into the series, there’s no question. Discipline and specialty teams are two huge factors. I said this after last game, I hated the result, but we played a pretty good hockey game. It’s about wins. I thought we played a good game tonight, and they played a good game tonight. I thought that their game was a little bit better than it was in game two, and it was good to get a win under our belt because right now that’s what it’s about- winning games.

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