Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Predators Beat Sharks to Snap Skid

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Predators Beat Sharks to Snap Skid

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Ryan Johansen and James Neal scored goals to help the Nashville Predators snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the host San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

After starting their California swing with a shootout loss in Anaheim and an overtime defeat in Los Angeles, the Predators head home on a high note by beating the defending Western Conference champions. Backup goalie Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the win.

Paul Martin scored the lone goal for the first-place Sharks, who lost for just the second time in seven games.

San Jose still has a seven-point lead over Anaheim in the Pacific Division with a game in hand. Martin Jones made 22 saves.

Nashville ended its skid by reversing its struggles on the penalty kill. The Predators allowed three goals on three chances Thursday in Los Angeles and six in 11 tries during the skid, but managed to kill all four San Jose power plays, including three after taking the 2-1 lead. …

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