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Sharks lose to Predators 7-2, go winless on road trip

#sharks #predatorsThe Sharks couldn’t avoid their sixth straight loss as one of their worst road trips in team history came to a merciful end Saturday.

The Sharks gave up two goals in the first period and allowed two more in the second in a 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena, their fourth straight on the road trip in which they could not manage a single point.

The Sharks also lost twice to Dallas and once to Minnesota before getting drummed by five goals for the second straight night.

Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun both scored for the Sharks, who have lost six straight games in regulation time for the first time since Jan. 2011.

The Sharks remained tied for first place in the Pacific Division with Anaheim with 91 points each. Edmonton, which played Colorado late Saturday, entered the day two points back of the Sharks and Ducks.

The Sharks were coming off a 6-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The game had 38 minutes of penalties by late in the third period. Micheal Haley was involved in a first period fight with Cody McLeod and received a 10-minute match penalty for fighting Calle Jarnkrok with 7:04 to go in the third.

Logan Couture was struck in the face with a deflected puck and skated off the ice in a hurry late in the second period.

A shot from inside the blue line by Brent Burns went off the blade of Marleau’s stick and into the face of Couture, who fell to the ice. He then got up and quickly skated to the Sharks bench and walked to the dressing room.

The play happened with 13.9 seconds left in the second period with the Sharks trailing 4-2.

Couture is third on the Sharks this season with 52 points in 72 games. He is fourth on the team with 25 goals.

The Sharks showed more emotion in the early going than they did in 60 minutes against the Stars, but were still behind 2-0 after the first period.

Colton Sissons gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 4:14 into the first period.

Following a Sharks turnover behind the net after a hard forecheck, he puck came to Colin Wilson, who fed Sissons with a no-look pass. Sissons’ backhand shot on net got past Jones. It was the seventh straight game the Sharks had allowed the first goal.

McLeon also scored in the first period. After Marleau scored at the 4:24 mark of the second period, James Neal and P.K. Subban scored to give the Predators a 4-1 lead.

The Sharks were without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and center Chris Tierney. Vlasic was ill, according to the Sharks, and Tierney has an upper body injury.

Source : mercurynews

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