SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Marco Sturm's short-handed score completed San Jose's three-goal rally as the Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.

The Predators scored three times in only 3:09 of the second to take a 3-1 lead, but goals by Brad Stuart and Jeff Friesen tied it.

Sturm drove from the blue line and had his shot from the right circle stopped. He got to the rebound and scored from point-blank range.

The victory was the Sharks' first in 23 games (1-20-2) when trailing after two periods.

San Jose rookie goalie Evgeni Nabokov earned his first NHL victory. He replaced injured starter Steve Shields early in the second period and faced only four shots.

The Sharks opened the scoring at 15:44 of the first period when Stephane Matteau scored on a rebound.

Early in the second, Shields was hit on the right side of his head by a flying puck, and the game was stopped briefly. Shields stayed on and Nashville tied it at 1:28 when Sebastien Bordeleau scored on a 10-footer off a pass from Scott Walker.

Forty-four seconds later, Greg Berehowsky gave the Predators a 2-1 lead on an 18-foot shot from the right side.

Nashville's Bob Boughner got only his second goal, scoring on a short shot at 4:47 after a pass from Cliff Ronning.

Shields was then replaced by Nabokov.

San Jose cut it to 3-2 when Stuart scored at 13:07 on a 20-footer. The Sharks then tied it on a power play with 46 seconds gone in the final period when Friesen scored his 22nd goal on a rebound.

The victory kept the Sharks tied with Colorado for the last Western Conference playoff spot, three points ahead of Calgary and four ahead of Anaheim.

The game was interrupted three times when sections of the protective glass around the ice were shattered.