The Sharks have dropped three in a row after winning a
franchise-record-tying seven in a row. The defeat snapped San Jose's
five-game winning streak at home.
"We wanted to start strong defensively and keep them out of it
from the start," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "When you're
in the Shark Tank, the crowd can get into it and get them going, so
we tried to keep them out."
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 16 shots for the Sharks, who lacked spark
in their first game back after an extended five-game road trip
stretched by the Olympic break.
The Sharks did not record their first shot on goal until 12:23
had passed in the first period -- and made just two shots overall in
the first 20 minutes.
The Predators didn't fare much better, making just three shots
in the first period.
The shooting -- on both sides -- got better in the second period.
Dunham responded for the Predators, at one point fending off a
breakaway by San Jose wing Marco Sturm.
With a little more than a minute to go in the second period,
Arkhipov took a behind-the-net pass from Vitali Yachmenev and fired
it past Nabokov.
It was Arkhipov's fifth goal in eight games, and his 16th of the
The Sharks missed an opportunity in the third period, when Teemu
Selanne's shot on a stumbling Dunham went wide of the net.
Afterward, Selanne pounded his stick in frustration.
Johnson scored on an empty net with 30 seconds to go in the
"That was the game they wanted, and we kind of played into
their hands," said San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart.
With a little more than six minutes to go, Sharks captain Owen
Nolan got into an all-out brawl with Nashville defenseman Cale
Hulse, who ended up with a bloody nose. Both got five-minute
The Sharks played with defenseman Bryan Marchment, who had faced
a mandatory two-game suspension after his third fight-instigator
penalty of the season on Sunday in Dallas. Upon review, however,
the NHL rescinded the suspension.
But the Sharks were without defenseman Scott Hannan, who
sprained his knee against the Stars. To fill the gap, they recalled
defenseman Jeff Jillson from the Cleveland Barons.
Even though he played for another country's team, Sharks'
captain Owen Nolan got a hearty ovation from the home crowd when
his Olympic gold medal was flashed on the video scoreboard. ...
Jillson, San Jose's first-round choice in the 1999 NHL entry draft,
has 13 points in 32 games for the Sharks this season. ... Sharks
center Mike Ricci was scratched with a sore back. ... Trotz was
impressed with defenseman Bubba Berenzweig, who played nearly 15
minutes in his first action since Jan. 8. "He had a real solid
game. He looked like he wanted to stay in the lineup," Trotz said.
Berenzweig missed a month with an injury and spent the past four
weeks in the minors.
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Arena: SAP Center Location: San Jose, California
Referees: Stephane Auger, Scott Zelkin Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 17,255 (98.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Denis Arkhipov (16)
Assists: Vitali Yachmenev, Petr Tenkrat