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Sharks And Predators Exchange Goals, Tied 2-2 Going Into 3rd

The San Jose Sharks are playing sound defensive hockey, but they are lacking in offensive output. Goalie Antti Niemi has played well, and is the reason for the game currently being tied. Going into the second, the Sharks need to limit the second chances, something everybody has been expressing (for all season, for one) since the beginning of the game.

An uneventful couple of minutes in and Torrey Mitchell has a great chance on Pekka Rinne, making a good move around a defense, and draws a hooking penalty. Unfortunately, the Sharks don't have much going on the ... wait, I'm a liar. Justin Braun sinks a beautiful shot from the back of the Nashville zone with around twenty seconds remaining on the power play and the Sharks lead 2-1.

Devin Setoguchi gets called for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty and the Predators have a chance to respond with the power play. And just as I get done typing this, they do answer. Shea Weber gets a goal as the Sharks forget they're supposed to be doing things on defense as opposed to just letting Niemi "do his thing." 2-2 with thirteen minutes left in the period.

The Sharks respond fast, taking their opportunities on Pekka Rinne, Jamal Mayers leading the attack and taking two shots on goal, but can't convert either of them. Then at 7:37, Logan Couture has a nasty shot on goal but Rinne is on point. and things stay tied. Neither team can keep the puck out of their zone, but the Sharks seem to have the edge this period, they just can't seem to seal off any of their opportunities.

At 16:36 of the period, Joe Thornton is called on a penalty for elbowing on Ryan Suter. The Sharks need to kill this power play. The Predators have some good opportunities early on, but the Sharks clear it out a minute into the power play. Beautiful glove save on Suter's shot with thirty seconds remaining in the power play.

San Jose successfully kills the penalty and the period comes to an end as well with it all knotted up at 2-all. The Predators are still winning in offensive output, with 19 shots to the Sharks' 17. They've converted two of four power plays, while the Sharks have converted their sole attempt.