Niemi, Sharks shut out Predators

San Jose, CA ( – Antti Niemi made 29 saves for his second
shutout of the season and the red-hot San Jose Sharks beat the Nashville
Predators 2-0 on Saturday night.

Niemi had 18 of his 29 saves in the third period to pick up his 29th career
shutout and first since the season-opener against Los Angeles on Oct. 8.

Tomas Hertl’s goal 5:01 into the game stood up as the winner and Joe Thornton
added an empty-netter late as the Sharks improved to 7-1 in their last eight

Pekka Rinne played well in net, stopping 32 of 33 shots, but took the loss as
the Predators finished a 2-1 road trip.