Series (Game 3 of 4)

Nashville leads 2-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Thursday, November 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 4: Saturday, December 7th

Sharks 2

(8-11-2, 20 pts)

Predators 4

(3-10-4, 14 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 27, 2002

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 02
NSH 1 1 24

A. Johansson (Predators - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

S. Walker (Predators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

T. Vokoun (Predators - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .917

Johansson scores twice on power play

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 the net.

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 trick.

Game notes

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.

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