National Hockey League
Nashville 5, San Jose 3
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Jean Hebert, Jon McIsaac
Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 17543
Juuse Saros made 39 saves and stopped a penalty shot, and Filip Forsberg had three assists as the Nashville Predators set a franchise record for points in a season with a 5-3 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Ryan Ellis, Viktor Arvidsson and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist, and Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino also scored for Western Conference-leading Nashville. The Predators improved to 11-2-2 in March while playing before their 100th consecutive sellout at Bridgestone Arena.

Mikkel Boedker had a goal and an assist, and Logan Couture and Brenden Dillon also scored for San Jose, which remained five points behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division. Martin Jones stopped 27 shots for the Sharks.

San Jose had a chance to tie it with 1:53 to go, but Saros made a stick save on Couture's penalty shot after Nashville was called for delay of game for pushing the goal off its mooring during a goalmouth scramble.

Bonino sealed the outcome with an empty-net goal with 17 seconds to go.

Turris buried a rebound of a P.K. Subban blast from the right point at the 5:26 mark to give Nashville a 1-0 lead and kick off a four-goal first period. Couture tied it 89 seconds later with a wrist shot off Brent Burns' 52nd assist of the season. Couture matched a career high with his 32nd goal of the season.

Arvidsson then put the Predators up 2-1, converting a nice give-and-go with Filip Forsberg for his 29th goal of the season at 10:14. San Jose tied it again just 51 seconds later when Dillon's shot from the right point beat Saros on the goalie's stick side.

Smith gave Nashville its third lead of the game midway through the second period with a rebound goal, but Boedker tied it with a rebound that went off Saros' pad and the post early in the third period. Ellis gave the Predators a 4-3 lead with a blast from the top of the right circle off a long rebound at 10:06 of the third.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
San Jose   Nashville
Mikkel Boedker 2 Points Filip Forsberg 3
Mikkel Boedker 1 Goals Viktor Arvidsson 1
Mikkel Boedker 1 Assists Filip Forsberg 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Jones .871 Save Percentage Juuse Saros .929
Martin Jones 27 Saves Juuse Saros 39
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 42 3 0-6 5-5 10 40
Nashville 32 5 0-5 6-6 12 31
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Predators have a W/L % of .673 after a win and .607 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Vegas. The Sharks have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .576 after a loss.