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Couture lifts Sharks to 3-2 shootout win over Predators

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores the winning goal against Nashville Predators goalie Carter Hutton (30) during a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores the winning goal against Nashville Predators goalie Carter Hutton (30) during a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer (34) is congratulated by Logan Couture (39) and Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, after defeating the Nashville Predators in a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer (34) is congratulated by Logan Couture (39) and Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, after defeating the Nashville Predators in a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates with teammates after he scored against the Nashville Predators during a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Couture's goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 win. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates with teammates after he scored against the Nashville Predators during a shootout at an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Couture's goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 win. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Tomas Hertl scored a pair of third-period goals and Joe Thornton assisted on both for San Jose, winners of three of four.

Shea Weber and Calle Jarnkrok had the goals for the playoff-bound Predators, who have lost four straight. Despite the skid, Nashville clinched its second consecutive playoff berth Friday night when the Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche in regulation.

In the shootout, Couture slipped a quick wrist shot from the slot between Carter Hutton's pads. Hutton had 38 saves in regulation and overtime.

Weber scored the game's first goal at 8:07 of the opening period. From the right boards, Mike Ribeiro sent a pass to Weber, who was coming down from the right point. Weber stepped into a one-timer and beat James Reimer high to the stick side just underneath the crossbar.

Reimer finished with 28 saves and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout.

Ryan Johansen appeared to make it 2-0 as time expired in the first period, but his shot, which was called a goal on the ice, was overturned on video review as not having completely crossed the goal line before the clock hit all zeros.

Jarnkrok did make it 2-0 at 1:38 of the second when he redirected James Neal's shot from the high slot between Reimer's pads.

Hertl cut Nashville's lead in half at 2:19 of the third. The goal was Hertl's 20th of the season, the fifth Sharks player to hit that mark this season.

He then tied it at 10:31 of the third when he redirected Brent Burns' slap shot by Hutton.

NOTES: Nashville is 26-1-4 when leading after two periods this season. ... Johansen has recorded at least one point in his last four games played against the Sharks. ... Thornton has 57 points in 48 career games played against Nashville. ... San Jose C Joe Pavelski had one assist in the game, his 40th of the season. It is the second time in his career he recorded 40 assists.