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Niemi makes 35 saves to shut out Predators for 2nd time this season in Sharks' 2-0 victory

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, bottom, stops a shot next to Nashville Predators' Paul Gaustad (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, bottom, stops a shot next to Nashville Predators' Paul Gaustad (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville for the second time this season, and Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal late in the second period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-0 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.

Niemi followed up a 29-save performance in December with another strong game against Nashville to lead the Sharks to their fourth win in five games. Just as in that 2-0 win on Dec. 13, it was Hertl who delivered the winning goal against Pekka Rinne. Tommy Wingels added an empty-netter.

Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who have lost seven of eight games to fall into a tie for first in the Central Division with St. Louis. The Blues have two games in hand.