|TBL||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|SJS||2||2||1||(0 - 0)||5|
The Tampa Bay Lightning took a valuable lesson away from the HP Pavilion on Saturday night.
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.
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.
|SHG - Patrick Marleau (5) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 SJS
|Martin St. Louis (6) ASST: Steven Stamkos (11), Vincent Lecavalier (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Patrick Marleau (6) ASST: Dan Boyle (7), Jason Demers (3)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Dany Heatley (6) ASST: Logan Couture (1), Dan Boyle (8)|
3 - 1 SJS
|John McCarthy (2) ASST: Jamal Mayers (2), Douglas Murray (3)|
4 - 1 SJS
|Logan Couture (5) ASST: Dany Heatley (9)|
5 - 1 SJS
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (11) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (5), Brett Clark (3)|
5 - 2 SJS
|Douglas Murray Interference against Dana Tyrell|
|Vincent Lecavalier Hooking against Patrick Marleau|
|Victor Hedman Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sean Bergenheim Holding against Joe Pavelski|
|Sean Bergenheim Tripping against Torrey Mitchell|
|Ryan Malone Hi stick - double minor against Niclas Wallin|
|Ryan Malone Fighting (maj) against Jamie McGinn|
|Jamie McGinn Fighting (maj) against Ryan Malone|
|Steve Downie Hi-sticking against Antero Niittymaki|
|Kent Huskins Hi-sticking against Ryan Malone|
|Scott Nichol Interference against Steven Stamkos|
|Jamie McGinn Interference against Vincent Lecavalier|
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