NHL Playoffs: Predators Win 3OT Epic to Tie Series With Sharks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Fisher scored at 11:12 of the third overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 early Friday morning in the longest game in franchise history.

With the victory, the Predators won their first overtime game on home ice. More importantly, they tied this second-round, best-of-seven series at 2-2.

James Neal scored with 4:21 left in the third period tying it up at 3-3, and the teams went scoreless during the first two overtimes and headed to a third extra period -- the first in the NHL playoffs this year.

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The Predators killed off six penalties, including one shortly before Fisher's winning goal at 1:03 a.m. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 44 saves.

This was the longest game for the Sharks since a four-overtime game in Dallas in 2008.

Game 5 is Saturday night in San Jose (see full recap).

Eakin scores in OT, Stars beat Blues to tie series
ST. LOUIS -- In short order, the Dallas Stars went from embarrassed to triumphant.

Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime and the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night, bouncing back smartly from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.

"I said, `It's time for us to man up,' and I thought we did," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought our leaders were our leaders."

Patrick Sharp set up the winner and also scored for the Stars, coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3. Rookie Radek Faksa had the other goal, his third of the postseason.

"I know it was ugly for a lot of the guys and the team in general for Game 3," Sharp said. "Credit to the team, we were able to put it behind us," (see full recap).

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