Roman Josi, with two goals, led the Predators to a win over the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday. The 0-4 Sharks have now tied their 1993-1994 campaign for the franchise's worst start in an NHL season.
Josi got the offense going early in the first period- a much appreciated change of pace for the Preds as they've struggled to find momentum in the first 20 minutes. Josi picked up a nifty drop pass by Colton Sissons and roofed one over the right shoulder of San Jose goalie Martin Jones for the first period's only goal. Ryan Ellis was responsible for the secondary assist.
The second period featured both teams' only power play goals of the night. Josi tallied again after picking up Filip Forsberg's rebound off the San Jose post and ripping one past four scrambling Sharks (and Viktor Arvidsson). Evander Kane- in his first game since being suspended three games for abuse of an official- scored the Sharks' first of the night a few minutes later, deflecting a point shot from Logan Couture past a well-screened Pekka Rinne.
Kyle Turris' 19-game point drought is finally over. He put himself on the scoreboard with a vengeance- snapping a far-side wrister past Jones to put the Preds up 3-1. Rocco Grimaldi was credited with the assist. Forsberg widened the scoring gap to 4-1 a few minutes later, sending a screaming one-timer into the San Jose net after a savvy cross-ice pass from Matt Duchene. Duchene, with Mikael Granlund on the secondary assist, recorded his sixth point in just three games. Brent Burns ricocheted a wrister past Rinne to cut the Preds' lead to two, but it wasn't enough to give the Sharks any last spurt of momentum. Dante Fabbro scored his first goal of the season (and second career NHL goal) into an empty San Jose net, capping the game score at 5-2.
Even being out-shot 35-25, the Preds managed to make the most of their offensive opportunities and capitalize on an overall struggling Sharks team. The Preds' defense shone tonight; Josi with his two goals, Ellis recording a +3 rating on the night, and Mattias Ekholm blocking four Sharks shots. The Preds went 1 for 5 on the power play, compared to San Jose's 1 for 3. Rinne made 33 saves for a 94.3 save percentage.