Predators edge Sharks 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carter Hutton finished off his stellar week with another good performance.

Hutton made 36 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

Eric Nystrom, Roman Josi, and Viktor Stalberg scored for Nashville, which has won three straight.

Making his third consecutive start, Hutton stopped eight in the first, 10 in the second, and 18 in the third.

"They are a pretty solid team, and they are going to get their chances," Hutton said. "We kind of bent, but we didn't break. We weathered the storm and held on for a big two points."

Earlier this week, Hutton backstopped the Predators to wins Tuesday in New York against the Rangers and Thursday at home against Dallas. He ended the week with a 3-0-0 record, stopping 97 of the 101 shots he faced.

Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, losers of five of their past six.

Nystrom scored the game's first goal at 16:04 of the opening period.

From above the left faceoff circle, Predators defenseman Victor Bartley sent a wrist shot toward the San Jose goal. The puck deflected off Nystrom's leg, then his stick and into the net for his sixth goal of the season.

Nystrom is just one goal off the Nashville team lead.

Entering Saturday, San Jose had outscored opponents 42-14 in the first period this season.

Nashville is 12-0-1 when leading after one period this season.

Josi doubled the Nashville lead at 18:08 of the second.

With the Predators on a power play, Craig Smith had the puck below the San Jose goal line. He found Josi all alone at the center of the blue line, and the Swiss defenseman skated into the slot and beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi with a wrist shot high to the glove side.

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