Nashville Predators center Craig Smith, lower right, scores a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.
Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks. Rookie Craig Smith had the lone Nashville goal. The Sharks started the season with just one victory in their first four games but have now won two in a row. Nashville has lost five of their last six.
Just 57-seconds after Smith tied the game at one, Pavelski grabbed a loose puck behind the Nashville goal and stuffed it just inside the right post of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Couture scored the game's first goal at 14:22 of the opening period. Pavelski added an empty net goal at 18:48 of the third to account for the final scoring margin.
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