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Heatley scores twice as Sharks beat Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dany Heatley scored his second power-play goal of the game at 11:57 of the third period to break a tie in the San Jose Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

From the right side of the Nashville goal, Patrick Marleau slid a pass through the crease, where Heatley had an easy tap-in for his 32nd goal of the season.

Brad Staubitz and Rob Blake also scored for San Jose, and Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves. J.P. Dumont scored twice for the Predators, and Joel Ward added a goal.

Dumont opened the scoring at 1:39 of the first period. Positioned just to the right of the slot, Dumont collected a rebound and slide it by Nabokov.

Brad Staubitz tied it 53 seconds later when he found the rebound of Kent Huskins' shot from the left point and beat Pekka Rinne on the stick side.

Nashville regained the lead at 8:47 of the second Dumont's power-play goal.

With just a second remaining on a penalty to Staubitz, Cal O'Reilly slid a pass from the left circle to Dumont in the low slot and Dumont scored on a one-timer. The goal gave Dumont his first multigoal game since he scored twice on Nov. 12, 2007, at Columbus.

San Jose tied it again at 14:57 of the second when Heatley's wrist shot from the high slot through traffic beat Rinne on the stick side.

Ward converted on a breakaway at 17:35 of the second to give the Predators a 3-2 lead.

Blake's goal with 24 seconds remaining in the middle frame sent the teams to the second intermission tied at 3.

NOTES: Staubitz scored his first goal since Nov. 1 ... Huskins played in his 200th career NHL game. ... Heatley has points in six consecutive games. ... The game was Nashville's final home game before the Olympic break.

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