Hutton helps Preds hold off Sharks

Updated: December 14, 2013

Nashville, TN ( – Carter Hutton made 36 saves Saturday and
the Nashville Predators held on to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2, pushing their
winning streak to three games.

Eric Nystrom, Roman Josi and Viktor Stalberg scored and Stalberg had an assist
for the Predators, whose winning streak comes on the heels of five losses in a

Patrick Marleau scored with just under a minute remaining and the Sharks put a
lot of pressure on Hutton at the end of the game, but couldn’t net the tying

Dan Boyle also scored and Antti Niemi gave up three goals on 23 shots for the
Sharks, who have lost four straight on the road and five of their last six
overall. Marleau and Boyle both had an assist.

Nystrom gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with 3:56 left in the first period when
he deflected Victor Bartley’s shot from the high left side past Niemi.

“Anything that got near the net, we were on the outside,” said Sharks coach
Todd McLellan. “You’re not going to win like that.”

Josi made it 2-0 with a power-play goal from the slot that beat Niemi high and
to the glove side with 1:52 remaining in the second.

Boyle re-directed Matthew Irwin’s shot past Hutton 7:28 into the third period
to get the Sharks on the board but Stalberg scored after keeping it himself on
a 2-on-1 with 2:39 left.

Marleau’s sharp-angle goal from the low right side came after Boyle found him
with a nice pass.

Game Notes

The Predators finish a three-game homestand Tuesday against Chicago … The
Sharks continue a three-game road trip at St. Louis on Tuesday.