San Jose won 4-1 (Game 4 of 5)

San Jose won 4-1

Game 1: Friday, April 21st
Game 2: Sunday, April 23rd
Game 3: Tuesday, April 25th
Game 4: Thursday, April 27th
Game 5: Sunday, April 30th

10:30 PM ET, April 27, 2006

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
NSH 1 1 24
SJ 1 3 15

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

M. Smith (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. McLaren (Sharks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Nashville at San Jose 10:30 pm EDT

Nashville at San Jose 10:30 pm EDT Western Conference quarterfinals Sharks lead, 2-1

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Captain Patrick Marleau has steered the San Jose Sharks to the brink of a commanding series lead.

Marleau hopes to help the fifth-seeded Sharks take a three games to one lead over the fourth-seeded Nashville Predators when the teams square off Thursday in Game Four of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.

San Jose's third-leading scorer during the regular season, Marleau scored twice in Tuesday's 4-1 triumph in Game Three. Rookie Steve Bernier and Jonathan Cheechoo also tallied for the Sharks, who have surrendered a total of one goal to the Predators in winning the last two games.

Vesa Toskala turned aside 16 shots on Tuesday to backstop a penalty-killing unit that held Nashville scoreless in four chances with the man advantage.

Playing in place of injured All-Star Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason made 36 saves in Game Three as he was burned by two goals less than seven minutes apart in the second period and a pair of tallies 67 seconds apart late in the third.

Blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff collected three assists for San Jose, which held a commanding 40-17 advantage in shots.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored the only goal for the Predators, who host Game Five on Sunday.