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Smith's shootout goal helps Predators hand Sharks first loss of season, 2-1

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, blocks a shot on goal by San Jose Sharks left wing Martin Havlat (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

  • San Jose Sharks Jason Demers (5) skates past Nashville Predators left wing Gabriel Bourque (57) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

  • Nashville Predators right wing Brandon Yip (18) takes a shot at goal past San Jose Sharks Jason Demers (5) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout to help the Nashville Predators hand the San Jose Sharks their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first goal of the season to break a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the third period. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts to lead the Predators to their second straight shootout win after they lost their first three this season.

Marty Havlat made up for a premature celebration that cost San Jose a goal by scoring the equalizer on the power play with 6:21 remaining in regulation.