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Hornqvist's 2 goals helps Predators dent Sharks' division title hopes with 3-0 win

  • Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, second from left, of Sweden, is congratulated after his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, second from left, of Sweden, is congratulated after his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, second from left, of Sweden, is congratulated after his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, second from left, of Sweden, is congratulated after his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, of Finland, is beaten for a goal on a shot from Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, of Finland, is beaten for a goal on a shot from Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Patric Hornqvist had two goals and one assist to help the Nashville Predators put a dent into San Jose's hopes for a division title by beating the Sharks 3-0 on Saturday night.

Backup Carter Hutton made 35 saves in his first career shutout and Roman Josi also scored as the Predators kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating winning road games on back-to-back nights against Anaheim and San Jose — the top two teams in the Pacific Division.

Nashville is six points behind Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games remaining.