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Penalties Cost Sharks in Game 3

The San Jose Sharks fell to the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night. It was easily the Sharks’ worst performance of the postseason, and it landed them their first regulation loss of the playoffs.

As expected, Nashville came out strong on home ice and dominated play for the first 10 minutes of the game. Fortunately, San Jose was able to weather the storm.

Patrick Marleau opened the scoring 13:13 into the period after chasing down a Tomas Hertl breakout pass and blowing by four Predators to enter the zone. He then deked out Pekka Rinne on the breakaway and buried the puck into a wide open net.

Patrick Marleau is still very fast, folks.

The first period ended with the Sharks up 1-0 in goals and 19-16 in shot attempts.

However, Joonas Donskoi took a four-minute high sticking penalty early in the second frame, and Nashville’s ice-cold power play was able to convert. Mattias Ekholm fed a pass over to James Neal, who was able to blast a slap shot short side to beat Martin Jones and tie the game.

Almost 10 minutes later, Shea Weber found twine during a 4-on-4 situation. Ryan Johansen had the puck tipped off of his stick while entering the zone, but it made its way over to the Predator’s star blueliner, where he ripped one of his famous slap shots by the Sharks’ netminder.

San Jose came inches away from tying the game at the start of third period, but no one was home to tap a loose puck into an open net. This would prove costly for Team Teal.

Moments later, Nashville scored an insurance goal. Colin Wilson converted on a disoriented Jones, who lost sight of the puck after an initial shot. Wilson gathered the puck and banked it off of the far post into the net to put the home team up 3-1.

San Jose was unable to generate any high-danger scoring chances after this goal, and Brenden Dillon was forced to take a penalty late in the game.

Nashville’s typically terrible man advantage once again added a goal to the score on the ensuing advantage. Filip Forsberg was able to snipe a wrist shot passed Jones, who was forced to play deep in his net because of the heavy traffic in front of him.

4-1 Predators – Final

Extra note: Colton Sissons appeared to suffer a brutal injury after crashing into the post on a breakaway. Luckily, he returned to the game later in the period.

San Jose played a fairly weak game that can be summarized by their perpetual march to the penalty box. The Sharks took 14 minutes of penalties, and Nashville converted three times while San Jose was down a man (two 5-on-4, one 4-on-4). During 5-on-5 play, the score was 1-1, but the undisciplined play by the road team sealed their fate.

The Sharks will look to bounce back from a poor performance and take a commanding 3-1 series lead on Thursday.

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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