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WASHINGTON (AP) — There is still a chance San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson takes part in NHL All-Star Weekend despite missing the final three games before the break with an injury.Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says Karlsson went back to California for more tests on what the team is calling a lower-body injury. DeBoer didn’t have any further update on Karlsson before his team faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals.“I guess it’ll all be depending on what those results are Lars Eller Jersey ,” DeBoer said. “I know he wants to play. If there’s a possible way that he can play without hurting himself, then he’s going to play.”Karlsson is one of three Sharks players picked for the All-Star Game, which is being held in San Jose. Captain Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns were also selected to represent the Sharks.DeBoer says Karlsson wants to take part in the skills competition Friday and the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament Saturday night but won’t risk making the injury worse.“He’s going to make that decision with our doctors,” DeBoer said. “If he can’t do any more damage, I know he wants to play in the game. I’m sure the organization would love him in the game. If there’s more damage to be done, no one in their right mind would play. So I think it’s pretty simple.”Karlsson is in his first season with the Sharks after they acquired him in a trade from the Ottawa Senators, and he’s set to be a free agent this summer. The 28-year-old two-time Norris Trophy winner has three goals and 40 assists in 47 games this season with San Jose. NASHVILLE Madison Bowey Jersey , Tenn. (AP) — Pekke Rinne and Viktor Arvidsson gave Nashville more of the same Thursday night. A little extra from newcomer Brian Boyle helped make the difference.Rinne stopped 34 shots, Arvidsson and Boyle scored, and the Nashville Predators beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to snap a three-game skid.Rinne was sharp, especially in the second period, when he turned aside all 21 Montreal shots he faced.“I thought Pekka was outstanding,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.Tomas Tatar scored and Carey Price made 35 saves for Montreal, which has lost consecutive games for the first time since early January.“I thought it was a pretty entertaining game going both ways Nicklas Backstrom Jersey ,” Price said. “I thought we held our own for sure. We don’t like the result, but I thought we played a good team well.”With the game tied at a 1 midway through the third, Boyle and Arvidsson struck 2:24 apart to pull away.Boyle’s goal, his first since being traded to the Predators, came at 8:36 on a slap shot from the high slot. Former Canadien P.K. Subban set Boyle up with a nice pass from the right side.“We’ve got an active ‘D,’ so you’ve got to be able to cover,” Boyle said. “I had some probably higher quality chances earlier James Neal Jersey Womens , but whatever, I’m excited to win. It’s a really good feeling. It’s great to do it at home, too.”Arvidsson had a tap-in at 11:00 thanks to a cross-crease pass from linemate Ryan Johansen. Arvidsson’s 26 goals lead the Predators.Johansen has points in a season-high six consecutive games.Earlier in the game, Price denied Arvidsson on a clear breakaway with 2:40 remaining in the second.Ryan Hartman scored the game’s first goal at 9:49 of the second period. Just outside the Montreal blue line, Hartman knocked down Jonathan Drouin’s clearing attempt and sent a pass to Craig Smith, whose shot attempt was denied by Price. Hartman swooped through the slot and buried the rebound, which was in the air when he connected.The goal was Hartman’s 10th of the season and first since Dec. 13 T.J. Oshie Jersey , snapping a 27-game skid. As he skated toward the Nashville bench for celebratory fist bumps, Hartman mimicked removing a monkey off his back and tossing it into the crowd.“It was a long time, longest streak I’ve ever had at any level, so it was a good feeling,” Ryan Hartman said.Montreal played its first game since Saturday, and the rust showed early being outshot 16-8 in the first.“Our first period made it look like we hadn’t played in four or five days,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “We weren’t very good. In the second period Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , we seemed to get our legs going. We seemed to find our game, but we didn’t capitalize on our chances. We had lots of them and that’s what probably hurt us in the end.”Tatar evened the game at 1 at 5:26 of the third. The Canadiens entered the Nashville zone on the right side on a 3-on-2 rush. Tatar beat Rinne from the slot off of an impressive pass from Andrew Shaw.Notes: Nashville is 25-3-1 when scoring first this season. … Predators LW Kevin Fiala played his 200th career NHL game. … Nashville D Mattias Ekholm missed the game due to an illness. … Canadiens D Shea Weber, a former Predator captain, played his 900th career NHL game. … Montreal is 15-10-0 against Western Conference opponents this season.UP NEXTCanadiens: Visit Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday.Predators: Visit Vegas Golden Knights Saturday.