Predators miss opportunity to move up, lose to Sharks in shootout

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:32am
Staff reports

Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the year, but the Nashville Predators missed an opportunity to move up in the Western Conference standings when they lost 2-1 in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at San Jose.

Ryan Clowe, the Sharks’ third skater, was the only player for either team to convert in the shootout.

Nashville still moved to within one point of Detroit for fourth place in the Western Conference standings and within two of Vancouver for the second-highest point total in the conference. The Red Wings have played one more game than the other two.

It was Predators’ second straight overtime contest and the second time this season they played beyond regulation in back-to-back games. The first was Dec. 28 and 30, when Nashville won shootouts against Minnesota and St. Louis, respectively.

Monday’s game at Phoenix also went to a shootout, and the Predators won that one.

Hornqvist gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when he scored on the power play at 13:18 of the first period. The Sharks tied it when Joe Thornton scored on the power play 55 seconds into the third.

Paul Gaustad, one of Nashville’s recent trade deadline acquisitions, left the game with just under 10 remaining in regulation with an apparent injury to his right wrist or hand. He did not return.