NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Fisher scored at 11:12 of the third overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 early Friday morning in the longest game in franchise history.
With the victory, the Predators won their first overtime game on home ice. More importantly, they tied this second-round, best-of-seven series at 2-2.
James Neal scored with 4:21 left in the third period tying it up at 3-3, and the teams went scoreless during the first two overtimes and headed to a third extra period – the first in the NHL playoffs this year.
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The Predators killed off six penalties, including one shortly before Fisher's winning goal at 1:03 a.m. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 44 saves.
This was the longest game for the Sharks since a four-overtime game in Dallas in 2008
Game 5 is Saturday night in San Jose.
STARS 3, BLUES 2, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime and Dallas beat St. Louis, bouncing back from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.
Patrick Sharp set up the winner and also scored for the Stars, coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3. Rookie Radek Faksa had the other goal.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on a first-period breakaway and added an assist for St. Louis, giving him five points in the last two games. Paul Stastny also scored off a deflection from Tarasenko.
Game 5 is Saturday in Dallas.
Eakin has a goal and seven assists in the postseason. He beat Brian Elliott on a 3-on-2 break after the Blues pressured goalie Kari Lehtonen on the opposite end.
The Stars are 1-2 in overtime in the playoffs and the Blues are 2-2.