Predators beat Sharks to make history

Nashville Predators secured a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the longest game in the franchise’s history on Thursday evening.

Colin Wilson opened the scoring for the Predators after just 42 seconds before Brent Burns brought the Sharks level.

Mike Fisher then grabbed his first of the evening to restore Nashville’s lead later in the first period but Joonas Donskoi equalised once more for San Jose in the second.

Burns looked like he might have won it for the Sharks with his goal in the third period before James Neal levelled it at 3-3 and, much later, Fisher sealed a dramatic victory on a rebound at the 11:15 mark of triple overtime.

The Western Conference second-round series is now tied at 2-2 with game five set to be played in San Jose on Saturday night.

Cody Eakin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory against the St Louis Blues in their Western Conference second-round series at Scottrade Center.

Eakin’s marker 2:58 into overtime separated the teams and levelled the best-of-seven contest 2-2 ahead of Saturday’s fifth meeting.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the visitors ahead in the first period but goals from Radek Faksa and Patrick Sharp (powerplay) turned things around, only for Paul Stastny to level on the powerplay ahead of a scoreless third session.