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Pavelski's late goal puts Sharks up 2-0

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left in regulation and Martin Jones stopped 36 shots to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Logan Couture added a power-play goal and Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter to put the Sharks in control as the series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Tuesday night. San Jose won the most road games in the NHL this season and all three in Los Angeles in the first round.

Mattias Ekholm tied the game earlier in the third and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, but the Predators head home from California in much worse shape than they did in the first round when they won the first two games in Anaheim on the way to taking the series in seven games. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves.

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was50
2 P. Kane, Chi46
3 J. Benn, Dal41
4 V. Tarasenko, StL40
5 J. Pavelski, SJ38
6 B. Marchand, Bos37
7t S. Crosby, Pit36
7t S. Stamkos, TB36
9 C. Perry, Anh34
10t F. Forsberg, Nsh33
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Save Percentage
Rank Player SvPct
1 B. Elliott, StL.930
2 B. Bishop, TB.926
3 T. Greiss, NYI.925
4 M. Neuvirth, Phi.924
5 C. Crawford, Chi.924
6 C. Schneider, NJ.924
7 J. Reimer, SJ.922
8 B. Holtby, Was.922
9 R. Luongo, Fla.922
10 M. Fleury, Pit.921
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