SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Eric Nystrom prefers to talk defense. He was more fired up about allowing a game-tying goal than he was scoring a goal.
Nystrom scored early, Calle Jarnkrok scored late and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Wednesday night.
“We’re checking the top line and there’s nothing better when the game ends you keep a line like that off the scoresheet,” Nystrom said. “That’s the way we look at it. Scoring a goal is a nice bonus.”
Pekka Rinne stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win. He had lost four of his previous five games against the Sharks.
“Once we started taking care of the puck we started playing a little bit better game,” Predators defender Barret Jackman said. “They were getting some chances and that was because of our turnovers.”
The Predators rebounded from an overtime loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“We played a great road game against a good team,” Nystrom said. “We executed very well. We kept them to the outside for the most part. Pekka made some good saves. It was a huge road win for us.”
Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who have lost four of five since…