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The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2015. If that trend continues, they’ll return home with a 3-1 series lead over the Predators. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NHL’s best road team is coming off its first road loss this postseason.

The Sharks have not lost back-to-back games since Dec. 18 at Ottawa and Dec. 20 at Chicago, and coach Peter DeBoer isn’t worried about a new trend starting Thursday night in Game 4 after a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.

He noted the Sharks found themselves in a similar situation after losing Game 3 to the Kings in the first series, this time being shut out on four power plays.

“Everyone thought the sky was falling,” DeBoer said. “The next night we came out and I think scored three power-play goals. I think one of the strengths of our group is recognizing what we’re not doing well and getting it fixed for the next night. And I’m confident that will happen.”

Laviolette benched veteran Mike Ribeiro looking for more speed and also mixed up his lines. The combination worked as Filip Forsberg scored his second goal of the postseason and first since the opening game of the first round, while James Neal scored his first goal of this series.

Now the Predators want to even up this series after finally starting up their own power play, going 2 of 5 in Game 3.

“We’re playing really well right now, so it’s a good situation and really big game for both teams,” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said of Game 4.

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