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game recap

San Jose Sharks 3, Nashville Predators 7 FINAL

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:23 PM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Three shots, three goals. Steve Sullivan's debut with the Nashville Predators was just perfect.

Sullivan and his new teammates recorded only 20 shots but that was more than enough to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3 Wednesday night.

``It's the kid in me that just loves scoring goals,'' said Sullivan, acquired from Chicago on Monday. ``You always hope for nights like these, but they are never easy. They usually come few and far between. I'm just happy the team got the win. That was my main objective.''

Sullivan had no problems adjusting to his new team and new surroundings.

``To be relaxed and to stay calm were the big things for me,'' Sullivan said. ``It was like any other game this season. I just wanted to keep things simple.''

Kimmo Timonen added two goals _ one on the power play _ and an assist, and Scott Walker had a power-play goal and three assists. The Predators were 5-for-7 with the man advantage.

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky set a team record with five assists, three on Sullivan's power-play goals.

``I think we have some dangerous people on our power play with Timonen, Zidlicky and Walker,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ``I think Sullivan just adds another dimension. He's a dynamic player with great skills.''

San Jose started a four-goal first period when Patrick Marleau scored on a wraparound shot that caught goaltender Tomas Vokoun on the wrong side of the net 4:12 in.

Sullivan tied it on the power play at 9:56 with a one-timer from just above the top edge of the left circle.

At 12:33, Sullivan struck again on the power play with a shot from the left side of the net along the goal line that beat goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose tied it 2-2 at 14:03 with a short-handed goal by Nils Ekman, who scored as he skated low through the slot.

In the second period, the Predators needed only 24 seconds to take the lead on Greg Johnson's goal. The lead grew to 4-2 at 5:06 when Sullivan found Timonen from behind the goal.

Sullivan scored his third power-play goal at 17:11 when he again beat Nabokov from the side of the net along the goal line.

San Jose replaced Nabokov with Vesa Toskala to start the third period, but it didn't matter to the Predators, who struck quickly again. Walker scored on the power play 22 seconds in and Timonen made it 7-2 at 1:33, also on the power play.

``It was a good lesson for us,'' Nabokov said. ``We can't take any team lightly. Penalty kills win games or lose games. In this case, the penalty kill lost the game for us.''

San Jose's Scott Thornton made it 7-3 at 6:16.

``Nashville played really well,'' San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. ``We weren't sharp in some areas. We'll just rip this one up and throw it away.''

scoring summary
1st Period
04:12
SJS
Patrick Marleau (25) Backhand shot - ASST: Wayne Primeau (18), Marco Sturm (16)
1 - 0 SJS
09:56
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (16) Slapshot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (23), Scott Walker (22)
1 - 1 Tie
12:33
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (17) Snap shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (24), Scott Walker (23)
2 - 1 NSH
14:03
SJS
SHG - Nisse Ekman (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Wayne Primeau (19)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
00:24
NSH
Greg Johnson (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Vladimir Orszagh (15), Scott Hartnell (14)
3 - 2 NSH
05:06
NSH
Kimmo Timonen (7) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (29), Jason York (12)
4 - 2 NSH
17:11
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Walker (24), Marek Zidlicky (25)
5 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
00:22
NSH
PPG - Scott Walker (18) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (26), Marek Zidlicky (26)
6 - 2 NSH
01:33
NSH
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (8) Slapshot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (27), Andreas Johansson (11)
7 - 2 NSH
06:16
SJS
Scott Thornton (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Ricci (17), Jonathan Cheechoo (14)
7 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
09:28
SJS
Niko Dimitrakos  Hi-sticking against  Jordin Tootoo
12:18
SJS
Mike Rathje  Tripping
13:51
SJS
Scott Parker  Hooking - Obstruction
2nd Period
05:24
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Hi-sticking
08:24
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Hi-sticking against  Rob Davison
11:25
SJS
Rob Davison  Roughing against  Robert Schnabel
11:25
NSH
Robert Schnabel  Roughing against  Rob Davison
16:21
SJS
Marco Sturm  Hooking against  Vladimir Orszagh
18:58
SJS
Vincent Damphousse  Slashing
19:28
SJS
Tom Preissing  Slashing
3rd Period
01:14
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Slashing
10:00
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Holding
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 14TOI: 40:00
Saves: 9EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .643SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 6TOI: 20:00
Saves: 4EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 27TOI: 59:57
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 1