The Sharks tied the game late in the third period, but lost their first of the season in a shootout to the Nashville Predators, 2-1.
Craig Smith was the only player to convert in the shootout as Michal Handzus, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski all failed to score on Pekka Rinne. The Sharks fell to 7-0-1.
Nashville had a great chance to end it in overtime when Marty Havlat went off on a hook with 2:12 remaining, but San Jose's much-improved penalty killers were up to the task. Blocked shots by Douglas Murray and Brad Stuart, and a save by Antti Niemi on a blast by Shea Weber sent the game to the shootout – the Sharks' third straight game to reach the tiebreaker.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Sharks tied it up on a power play goal. Scott Gomez managed to push the puck to Havlat from behind the net, and Havlat's backhander beat Pekka Rinne at 13:39. It was the first power play goal for the Sharks' second unit.
The goal redeemed Havlat for his blunder earlier in the game. More on that in a bit.
The game was scoreless after two periods before Nashville broke through early in the third.
Sharks' lose first game of season in Nashville shoot out
CSN Bay Area | Feb 3