NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators are sure lucky to have Pekka Rinne. Without their star goaltender, the Predators would have never even gotten to overtime against San Jose.
Colin Wilson scored at 2:08 of overtime, and Nashville beat the Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid.
Rinne made 13 of his 25 saves in the first period for his second shutout this season in a game in which Nashville set a franchise mark for offensive futility before Wilson scored. The goal ended the drought at 176 minutes, 18 seconds over a three-game span.
"We weren't even in that game without Pekka Rinne in that first period," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Pekka also had a huge save in the overtime. Just as the game always seems to happen, we had a huge save and were able to come down the other way and score shortly after."
San Jose has lost six straight after opening the season with seven consecutive wins, a streak ended in a 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville on Feb. 2. The Sharks do at least have a point in three of the losses.