Series tied 2-2 as Predators beat Sharks 4-3 in triple OT
Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher, top center, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third overtime period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Friday, May 6, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 4-3 in triple overtime to even the series 2-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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