Sharks amp up power play, beat Predators
The Sharks snapped their recent power-play woes and rode consistent goaltending to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at sold-out HP Pavilion on Saturday night.Niemi's shutout bid was broken at 14:30 of the third period when Gabriel Bourque scored shorthanded, blowing past stumbling San Jose rookie defenseman Matt Irwin in the neutral zone on his way to a breakaway.San Jose carried the momentum it created with a 16-6 edge in first-period shots into the middle period, scoring a second power-play goal to take control.Thornton picked up his second assist of the night to give the center 1,100 career points to rank 56th on the league's all-time scoring list.