NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Andreas Johansson scored three goals,
two on the power play, and added an assist to lead the Nashville
Predators to 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.
It was only the third victory of the season for the Predators.
San Jose took a 1-0 lead at 16:01 of the first period. Owen
Nolan had a wraparound shot that was blocked by Nashville
goaltender Tomas Vokoun, but the puck bounced into the slot. Marco
Sturm came in on a backdoor play to beat Vokoun to the left side of
Nashville scored a power-play goal at 18:56. In heavy traffic in
front of the net, Scott Walker had a shot blocked. Johannson,
positioned in the slot, shot the puck past Evgeni Nabokov.
Johansson, who leads the Predators in goals and points, scored
again at 9:34 of the second period.
Adam Graves tied it at 18:44 of the second period. Graves
shoveled the puck underneath an outstretched Vokoun for the goal
which required a video review.
Nashville's third goal at 6:05 of the third period was also on
the power play as Andy Delmore, in the left circle, fired the
rebound of a shot by Kimmo Timonen past Nabokov.
Johansson scored his third goal at 18:47 when David Legwand hit
him with a pass in the slot that he put past Nabokov for the hat
Walker was making his first appearance after missing 17
games with torn rib cartilage and a broken collarbone. ...
Johansson leads Nashville with seven power-play goals. ... The
Predators are 3-2 in games played the night before Thanksgiving.
... San Jose and Nashville are 1-1-1 in three games against each
other this season. ... This was the end of the Sharks' eight-game
road trip, their longest of the season. ... Nashville's Denis
Pederson left the game with a shoulder injury in the first period
and didn't return.