Legwand gets overtime winner as Predators rally to defeat Sharks

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 1:15am
Staff reports

Patric Hornqvist scored a goal for the fifth straight game and David Legwand scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Nashville Predators overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit for a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in San Jose.

Nashville won for just the ninth time in 25 visits to HP Pavilion as it outshot San Jose 15-8 in the third period and overtime. Legwand ended things when he redirected a pass from defenseman Francis Bouillon with 2:07 to play in the extra period.

Hornqvist’s streak, which includes a total of six goals, is now one short of the franchise record shared by Alexander Radulov and J-P Dumont.

His previous high was four games in a row with a goal, which he accomplished last season.

The right wing started the Predators’ rally when he made it 3-2 at 2:57 of the third period. Hornqvist got to the puck as it sat in the crease behind goalie Antti Niemi after a shot from Shea Weber.

Ryan Suter tied it with a power play goal 3:01 later.

Nashville played without defenseman Kevin Klein, who was injured in Thursday’s victory at Phoenix. That led to a shuffling of the defense pairs, which included Weber and Suter separated for most of the contest.

Members of San Jose’s top line – Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture — all finished with at least two points. Couture finished with one goal and two assists, Pavelski had a goal and an assist and Thornton had two assists.

Legwand’s fourth goal of the season gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the second period. San Jose scored the next three capped by Couture’s goal 52 seconds into the third period.