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Stamkos, Johnson lead Bolts to win over Sharks

Tampa Bay scored the first five goals of the game and cruised to a 7-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday

by Jacob Lynn /

Led by a pair of goals from both Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson, the Lightning cruised to a 7-1 win over the Sharks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The Lightning led 1-0 through 20 minutes thanks to Tyler Johnson's sixth goal of the year. Johnson scored with a shot from the hash marks after Carter Verhaeghe found him open with a feed from along the wall.

The lead came even though Tampa Bay spent six of the game's first 10 minutes shorthanded. Just 15 seconds into the game, Ondrej Palat sat for tripping and minutes later Mathieu Joseph was issued double minor for high sticking. The Bolts' PK was up to the challenge, however, killing off each opportunity and holding the Sharks to seven shots on goal.

Video: SJS@TBL: Stamkos buries PPG from the circle

Goals from Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos in the second period stretched Tampa Bay's lead to 3-0. Midway through the period, Killorn cashed in on a scramble in the crease and fired the puck home with Martin Jones caught out of position. With less than a minute to play in the period and the Lightning on a power play, Stamkos picked out the top corner with a shot to make it a three-goal lead.

The Bolts quickly stretched the lead to four with a goal in the opening minute of the third period. Anthony Cirelli created the play for the Lightning, driving to the San Jose net and setting up Victor Hedman for the goal.

Following Hedman's goal, the Sharks turned to Aaron Dell in net but the results didn't get any better.

Video: SJS@TBL: Johnson capitalizes on Jones' miscue

It was Dell's misplay behind the net that led to Tampa Bay's fifth goal. Verhaeghe forced Dell to turn the puck over leaving a wide open net for Johnson to score his second goal of the game.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic broke up the shutout with a goal with five minutes to play but Stamkos quickly responded with a power play goal less than a minute later.

After having already recorded his first multi-point performance with assists both of Johnson's goals, Verhaeghe scored the first goal of his career with less than a minute to play to round out the scoring.

The Bolts got production up and down the lineup. Eight different players recorded points for Tampa Bay led by a combined 10 points from Hedman, Killorn and Stamkos. Vasilevskiy was also sharp in net, recording 37 saves in the win.

Tampa Bay wraps up the homestand on Monday night against the Islanders.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 3:10 Tyler Johnson (6) - Carter Verhaeghe

2nd Period
TBL | 12:29 Alex Killorn (8) - Unassisted
TBL | 19:33 Steven Stamkos (8) - Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn - PPG

3rd Period
TBL | 0:52 Victor Hedman (7) - Anthony Cirelli, Alex Killorn
TBL | 3:51 Tyler Johnson (7) - Steven Stamkos, Carter Verhaeghe
SJS | 14:44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic (5) - Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier
TBL | 15:36 Steven Stamkos (9) - Victor Hedman - PPG
TBL | 19:35 Carter Verhaeghe (1) - Jan Rutta, Yanni Gourde

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