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game recap

Lightning 6, Sharks 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 6, Sharks 5, OT
San Jose Sharks 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 6
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:35
Logan Couture
2nd
Logan Couture
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:08
Brendan Mikkelson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:45

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NOTEWORTHY

  • Tonight's game marks Steven Stamkos' 300th career game
  • Stamkos' goals tonight-- his 38th and 39th of the season, extended his league lead in goals to seven over Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin
  • Stamkos accumulated his 23rd home goal this season, which broke a tie with Toronto's Phil Kessel for the most home goals in the league
  • Brendan Mikkelson earned his first career points with the Bolts with two first period assists
  • Victor Hedman's three assists on the evening gives him seven points (1G, 6A) in nine games since returning from injury on 1/24 vs. Columbus
  • Steve Downie's goal and assist gives him points in three of his last four games (4G, 1A)
  • Steven Stamkos now has 19 total multi-point games so far this season
  • Dwayne Roloson stopped 45 of 50 shots on goal for the Lightning while San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi allowed six goals on 25 shots


The Tampa Bay Lightning said goodbye to teammate Dominic Moore on Thursday night, but refused to do the same to any hope of making the playoffs.

Not long before the puck drop, Moore was traded in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2012 to the San Jose Sharks, which soon after fell 6-5 in overtime after Martin St. Louis scored with 33 seconds remaining to earn Tampa Bay a huge two points and keep their playoff chances alive.

St. Louis also had a goal early in the third period for Tampa Bay, which snapped a two-game losing streak and now sits eight points back of Toronto for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“When the puck drops, you got to go play,” St. Louis said. “You start winning games, you never know. If we throw in the towel because of what’s going on around us it would be a pretty miserable last two months.”

With 4:27 gone in the extra frame, St. Louis took a centering feed from Victor Hedman behind the net and beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi high in the right corner. The goal also capped a night that saw seven lead changes, with neither team leading by more than one goal.

Steven Stamkos also scored twice and totaled four points on the night, while Teddy Purcell and Steve Downie had the Lightning’s other goals. Hedman added three assists to tie a single-game career-high, and Brendan Mikkelson also chipped in a pair of helpers for Tampa Bay, which received a 45-save effort from Dwayne Roloson.

San Jose outshot the Lightning 50-25 in the contest, which marked the most shots ever by a Lightning opponent in Tampa Bay.

“It didn’t look good at times, but we stuck through it,” St. Louis added. “I think Roli kept us in it. It could have been way worse. It was a big character win for us.”

The Sharks are now 1-1-1 on a nine-game road trip that continues Friday night at Carolina.

Logan Couture opened the high-scoring affair after taking a rebound off of Roloson’s pad and firing into the net for a quick 1-0 lead just 76 seconds following the initial puck drop.

Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Colin White also scored in a three-goal second period for San Jose, which holds a four-point lead in the Pacific Division over the Los Angeles Kings.

Tampa Bay tied it 1-1 after Stamkos backhanded a rebound in from his knees at 9:30 of the opening frame, then took the lead as Purcell converted on the power play in the final minute of the first to put the Lightning up 2-1 heading into the intermission.

Much like in the first, the Sharks struck early in the second period to draw even. Handzus wristed one home from the slot after an initial shot deflected off of Roloson, who was sprawled on his stomach in the crease, and landed on the Sharks’ forward’s stick before he fired it into the empty net.

Just 29 seconds after Downie made it 3-2 at 14:08 of the middle frame, San Jose responded with a pair of goals just 67 seconds apart that gave it a one-goal lead going into the final 20 minutes.

First, Vlasic tied things up from the slot with his fourth of the season before White gave the Sharks their first lead since early in the game after he pounced on a juicy rebound in front and whacked it home for a 4-3 advantage.

Stamkos’ second of the night made it 4-4 after he beat Niemi with a wrist shot from the slot nearly three minutes into the final frame. Niemi made 19 saves on the night, but head coach Todd McLellan was not pleased with his team’s performance following the game.

“The six goals we gave up all night were disheartening,” McLellan said. “That’s as poor as we’ve played all season. Our net play was just atrocious. It was the goaltender, the defensemen and the forwards. I’m really disappointed in our group because they’re much better than that.”

Tampa Bay went up 5-4 at 8:01 of the final period when St. Louis put a shot on net that bounced across the crease and in the direction of Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, who attempted to clear the puck but inadvertently put it in his own net instead.

Tommy Wingels erased a one-goal deficit for the Sharks with approximately five minutes to go in regulation to tie it at 5-5 and send the game into the extra session, setting the stage for St. Louis’ late-game heroics.

“The word that comes to mind is character,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “Character, character, character. For us, it’s not about how many times we fall, it’s about what happens to us, how we react to it. We’re fighting.”

scoring summary
1st Period
01:16
SJS
PPG - Logan Couture (24) ASST: Joe Thornton (39), Patrick Marleau (23)
1 - 0 SJS
09:30
TBL
Steven Stamkos (38) ASST: Brendan Mikkelson (1), Steve Downie (16)
1 - 1 Tie
19:35
TBL
PPG - Teddy Purcell (14) ASST: Brendan Mikkelson (2), Steven Stamkos (26)
2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:44
SJS
Michal Handzus (7) ASST: Jamie McGinn (10), Torrey Mitchell (8)
2 - 2 Tie
14:08
TBL
Steve Downie (12) ASST: Eric Brewer (13), Victor Hedman (8)
3 - 2 TBL
14:37
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (4) ASST: Tommy Wingels (2), Dan Boyle (27)
3 - 3 Tie
15:44
SJS
Colin White (1) ASST: Jamie McGinn (11), Torrey Mitchell (9)
4 - 3 SJS
3rd Period
02:44
TBL
Steven Stamkos (39) ASST: Victor Hedman (9), Ryan Malone (18)
4 - 4 Tie
08:01
TBL
Martin St. Louis (17) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (25), Teddy Purcell (21)
5 - 4 TBL
14:50
SJS
Tommy Wingels (2) ASST: Logan Couture (24), Dan Boyle (28)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
04:27
TBL
Martin St. Louis (18) ASST: Victor Hedman (10), Steven Stamkos (27)
6 - 5 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:26
TBL
Victor Hedman  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
11:20
TBL
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
19:26
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
2nd Period
06:34
TBL
Tom Pyatt  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
23-13-6
SA: 25TOI: 64:19
Saves: 19EV: 19 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .760SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 50TOI: 64:27
Saves: 45EV: 39 - 43
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0