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Predators, Stars even NHL playoff series with overtime victories

Predators, Stars even NHL playoff series with overtime victories

Mike Fisher scored at 11:12 of the third overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, early Friday morning in the longest game in franchise history.

With the victory, the Predators won their first overtime game on home ice. More importantly, they tied this second-round, best-of-seven series at 2-2.

James Neal scored with 4:21 left in the third period tying it up at 3-3, and the teams went scoreless during the first two overtimes and headed to a third extra period — the first in the NHL playoffs this year.

The Predators killed off six penalties, including one shortly before Fisher's winning goal at 1:03 a.m. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 44...