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Predators beat Sharks 2-1 in shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2013 at 1:17 am •  Published: February 3, 2013
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But Havlat made up for his earlier mistake after the Predators took a penalty for too many men on the ice. Scott Gomez got Havlat the puck after a turnover, and Havlat beat Rinne off the backhand for his third goal. That ended a drought of 14 power plays without a goal for San Jose.

"It's very important to stay patient," Havlat said. "Not every night everything will go your way but you have to play until the last second, the last minute or the last shift. We came back and we got the point."

The first two periods featured 32 shots, eight power plays, and one goal celebration but no goals as Havlat's blunder cost the Sharks one.

The mistake came midway through the second period after Ryane Clowe's shot from the circle trickled past Rinne and hit the post before settling near the goal line. Havlat came in alone and easily could have tapped the puck into the empty net had he not raised his arms in celebration. By the time Havlat realized his mistake, he was not in position to tap in the puck, much to his disappointment.

"That wasn't Marty's fault," Clowe said. "He thought I scored. After I shot it, I couldn't see it. I shot it through a screen. I thought it went in as well, so did Marty. It's just one of those things."

That was by far the best scoring chance for either team as the power plays for the most part failed to generate quality chances. San Jose had one strong flurry with the man advantage, shortly before Havlat's mistake, but Rinne stopped Patrick Marleau and Pavelski from in close on rebound attempts.

NOTES: The Sharks failed to score first for the first time since the season opener in Calgary. ... Predators F Martin Erat didn't play after leaving practice on Friday when he was hit in the skate with a puck. ... D Jonathon Blum made his first appearance of the season for Nashville. ... D Jason Demers made his season debut for the Sharks after missing seven games because of a wrist injury sustained during the lockout. Rookie D Matt Irwin was scratched.