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Predators score 2 in 3rd, top Sharks 3-2

Sergei Kostitsyn and Colin Wilson scored goals 44 seconds apart in the third period and the Nashville Predators earned their fourth straight victory by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Jordin Tootoo also scored for the Predators, who have at least one point in nine consecutive games.

Kostitsyn tied it 2-2 with 3:16 left when he put a shot between Antti Niemi's pads. Wilson scored the game winner with 2:32 remaining.

Niclas Wallin and Dany Heatley scored for the Sharks, who led 1-0 and 2-1.

The Sharks went ahead the first time when Wallin scored with a slap shot from above the left circle at 7:25 of the first period. That quickly ended Nashville goalie Anders Lindback's bid for a third straight shutout.

Nashville tied it 12:14 into the second period. Tootoo, battling on the boards behind the net, managed to backhand the puck in front where it was knocked in by San Jose's Scott Nichol, who was stationed at the left post.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead with 2:34 left in the second. Heatley skated in from the right side and put the puck between Lindback and the right post during a power play.

NOTES: Nashville's Patric Hornqvist was a late scratch with an undisclosed upper body injury. He scored twice in the Predators' previous game Monday against the New York Islanders. ... San Jose beat Nashville three times in four meetings last season. ... -of-four games last season. Nashville RW Wade Belak played for the first time since Nov. 7. ... Kostitsyn has a seven-game point streak.