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Boyle hits late goal as Sharks bite Predators

SAN Jose defenseman Dan Boyle scored in the last minute to give the NHL-leading Sharks a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.阿

The Sharks trailed 2-3 in the third period before Devin Setoguchi's slapshot goal tied the game and Boyle, who assisted on the equalizer, completed the rally with a wrister that beat Predators goaltender Dan Ellis.

"We didn't play the game we wanted to play," Setoguchi told reporters after his first game since suffering a leg injury on October 24. "They scored that goal (to take the lead) and maybe that's what we needed to wake us up."

The Predators had taken the lead with a tip-in goal from Patric Hornqvist at 9:29 in the third after teammate Marcel Goc tied the contest at 2-2 with his first score of the season in the second period.

Nashville (7-8-1) had come into the game having won four of its last five games after a poor start to the season.

"We're not happy with the results at all," Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. "We deserved better."

San Jose (13-4-2) improved to 8-0-1 in its nine and is 6-0-1 on home ice. With 28 points, the Sharks are the top team in the National Hockey League after taking home the Presidents' Trophy a year ago.

Elsewhere, it was: Bruins 3, Penguins 0; Wild 5, Maple Leafs 2; Senators 4, Oilers 3 (in a shootout); Flames 1, Canadiens 0; and Blues 6, Canucks 1.

Broken foot

In San Jose, Joe Pavelski got things started for the Sharks with a goal at 10:01 in the first. The center was playing in his second game since missing five weeks with a broken foot he sustained against the Anaheim Ducks on October 3.

Michael Santorelli put the Predators on the board with a backhand effort at 18:20 in the first before Jamie McGinn gave San Jose a 2-1 lead less than three minutes into the second.

Thomas Greiss made 23 saves for the Sharks while Ellis stopped 25 shots.

Meanwhile, head shots remained on the minds of NHL general managers on Tuesday even though they were not on the opening agenda of a two-day hockey think tank in Toronto.

Blows to the head are expected to dominate meetings as general managers try to find a way to reduce the number of devastating hits that have plagued the early season, without watering down the physical component of the game.

"It is on the agenda, we just didn't get there today," Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey told reporters. "Everyone will get an opportunity to give their ideas. There is a lot of contact in the game and those who play the game enjoy that. It's part of the attraction."

New rules were brought in following the 2005 lockout that were designed to speed up the game and make it more attractive. But they have had an ugly side effect with players turning themselves into high-speed battering rams.

The result has been a number of disturbing hits to the head forcing several top players onto the sidelines with concussions.


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