Pavelski's 2 goals lead Sharks past Predators 5-1 in Game 5
By Associated Press
By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks bounced back from a triple-overtime loss to beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture also scored as part of San Jose's reconfigured second line and the Sharks moved within one win of advancing to the Western Conference final for the fourth time in franchise history.
San Jose will look to secure a spot in its first conference final since 2011 by winning at Nashville in Game 6 on Monday night.
Melker Karlsson added a late goal and Martin Jones made 24 saves to give the home team its fifth straight win in this series.
Game 4 overtime hero Mike Fisher scored and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves, but Nashville allowed goals in the opening and closing minutes of the second period.