"Besides the Columbus game, we've been right there," 'Pavelski said. "We just have to find ways to get one or two or three. With the numbers we are pitching and the ways our goalies are playing, we can win with those numbers."
Trotz gave the Predators the day off Monday after back-to-back games over the weekend. The rest didn't help Nashville's offense. The Predators are last in the NHL, averaging 21.1 shots per game with less than 20 in four of the past six games.
San Jose came out shooting and had a 13-3 edge after the first period. The offense dwindled in the second as the Sharks went 0-for-6 on the power play.
Rinne kept the game scoreless after Predators forward Martin Erat matched his career high with eight penalty minutes, all in the second period. He was given a double minor for high-sticking less than 2 minutes into the period, took another penalty for holding a stick, and negated a Nashville power play when he was called for hooking at 11:05.
The Nashville goalie helped kill off 41 seconds of a 5-on-3 when Nick Spaling joined Erat in the box at 12:24, earning a big roar from the fans when he gloved a shot during the two-man advantage. Fans cheered the Predators again once they killed the rest of the Sharks' power play.
"The penalty kill gave us momentum," Trotz said. "They got determined. They sacrificed themselves. They got angry at themselves, and they fixed it. That's the best thing any coach can have when they fix it in their own room."
Notes: Both the U.S. women's national soccer team and Scotland, who will play an exhibition Wednesday night in Nashville, were at the game. ... Rinne has 27 career shutouts. ... The Sharks recalled C Tim Kennedy from the Worcester of the AHL. He was in the lineup. ... Erat also had eight penalty minutes on Jan. 17, 2008, against Anaheim. ... Nashville has gotten at least a point in nine of 10 games against San Jose. ... Nashville announced its 18th straight sellout.
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