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game recap

Sharks 5, Lightning 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:37 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Sharks 5, Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, San Jose Sharks 5

The Tampa Bay Lightning took a valuable lesson away from the HP Pavilion on Saturday night.

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Following a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Lightning took solace in the fact that the only place to move in the standings is up.

It also doesn’t hurt to know that they’ll have a chance to do just that in front of the home crowd on Tuesday when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Lightning are 3-1-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum, boasting one of the Eastern Conference’s top records at home.

Tampa Bay, 7-4-2, lost its third straight in the final contest of its nine-day, four-game road trip, despite getting a pair of goals by Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

The formidable scoring tandem upped its lead in the NHL points standings among teammates, as both have combined to register 36 points this season, four more than the second-place pair of Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne.

San Jose snapped out of a scoring slump in which it was shutout in its two previous contests, receiving a pair goals from Patrick Marleau and additional tallies from Dany Heatley, John McCarthy and Logan Couture.

The Sharks improved to 6-5-1 behind a 33-save effort from former Bolts net minder Antero Niittymaki after losing three out of the previous five.

Mike Smith stopped 34 of 39 shots for the Lightning.

Marleau forced a turnover before scoring the game’s first goal while shorthanded. As Stamkos brought the puck up through the Lightning defensive zone, the Sharks forward intercepted a pass and fired a slap shot through the legs of Smith to make it 1-0.

St. Louis evened the score with a tip-in, getting a stick on Stamkos’ slap shot from the left circle and redirecting the puck past Niittymaki. The goal came just 1:42 after San Jose opened scoring at 12:16.

Marleau put the Sharks out to a 2-1 advantage with his second of the night after scoring on the power play at 15:26.

“We made a few bad turnovers and took a couple of bad penalties,” defenseman Pavel Kubina said. “We’ve got to be better than that.”

Heatley extended the lead after putting back a rebound in the low slot and McCarthy made it 4-1 before the second period horn at 17:27.

Couture tallied his fifth goal of the season just seconds into the final period, but Stamkos notched his league-leading fifth power-play goal to close the gap and cap the game’s scoring.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:16
SJS
SHG - Patrick Marleau (5) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 SJS
13:58
TBL
Martin St. Louis (6) Tip-in - ASST: Steven Stamkos (11), Vincent Lecavalier (4)
1 - 1 Tie
15:26
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Boyle (7), Jason Demers (3)
2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
11:27
SJS
Dany Heatley (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Logan Couture (1), Dan Boyle (8)
3 - 1 SJS
17:27
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John McCarthy (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jamal Mayers (2), Douglas Murray (3)
4 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
00:27
SJS
Logan Couture (5) Tip-in - ASST: Dany Heatley (9)
5 - 1 SJS
18:13
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (11) Slapshot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (5), Brett Clark (3)
5 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
11:50
SJS
Douglas Murray  Interference against  Dana Tyrell
15:08
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
17:50
TBL
Victor Hedman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
00:19
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Holding against  Joe Pavelski
02:50
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Tripping against  Torrey Mitchell
11:57
TBL
Ryan Malone  Hi stick - double minor against  Niclas Wallin
16:54
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie McGinn
16:54
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
3rd Period
06:17
TBL
Steve Downie  Hi-sticking against  Antero Niittymaki
09:12
SJS
Kent Huskins  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Malone
17:00
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Scott Nichol  Interference against  Steven Stamkos
19:43
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Jamie McGinn  Interference against  Vincent Lecavalier
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .872SH: 0 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 35TOI: 59:59
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2