The San Jose Sharks travelled to the Music City Tuesday afternoon to take on the Nashville Predators, marking the middle of a three-game road trip.
For the second straight game, Kaapo Kahkonen was the man in the crease for the Sharks, looking for his first win with San Jose.
The Sharks came into Nashville riding a six-game losing skid, while the Predators were in desperate need of a win fighting for the last wild card spot after dropping two-straight.
Setting the tone early in the game, this afternoon’s contest was a physical and gritty game from both teams. Tensions boiled early around the halfway mark of the opening frame when Mark Borowiecki threw a low-hit on Noah Gregor that resulted in Tomas Hertl going after right after Borowiecki, taking him down.
Kahkonen played a spectacular game, single-handedly keeping the Sharks in it. Kaapo made 40 saves throughout regulation, constantly being under siege. The Sharks were heavily outshot, 40-22, and largely outplayed the entire night.
Only a minute into the extra period, Timo Meier skated in on a breakaway with a chance for the overtime-winner, that was stopped by Juuse Saros with a phenomenal save.
With 1:42 left in overtime, Ryan Johansen finally found a way past Kahkonen, netting his 23rd goal of the season to win the game.
With the loss, the Sharks have officially been eliminated from playoff contention for the third-straight year.
The Sharks will finish off their road trip in Chicago Thursday night, where they will take on the Blackhawks.