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Martin Jones makes 25 saves, Sharks defeat Lightning

San Jose off to 3-0-0 start on six-game road trip

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Martin Jones made 25 saves to help the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored goals for the Sharks (9-6-0), who have won the first three of a six-game road trip.

"They're obviously one of the better teams in the League and a very highly skilled group over there," Marleau said. "We knew we had our work cut out for us tonight, and the guys did a good job."

 

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Anton Stralman scored for the Lightning (8-6-1), and Ben Bishop made 17 saves.

Marleau gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 7:18 of the first period when he crashed into the Lightning net with Tampa Bay defenseman Andrej Sustr and forward Brayden Point.

The referee initially waved off the goal because of incidental contact between Bishop and Marleau. Video review confirmed the puck crossed the goal line, and after San Jose coach Peter DeBoer challenged the on-ice incidental-contact ruling, it was determined that Point, not Marleau, crashed into Bishop.

"I was just trying to help," Point said. "Maybe I shouldn't have. I just fell into Bishop."

Wingels put the Sharks up 2-0 at 10:04 of the first when he beat Bishop from the slot with a wrist shot.

Video: SJS@TBL: Jones makes a clutch pad save on Boyle

San Jose got a power-play goal from Vlasic at 8:52 of the second period to take a 3-0 lead. He took a wrist shot above the right faceoff circle through traffic and beat Bishop high on the stick side.

"I think this might be the best game on the trip," Sharks center Tomas Hertl said. "The third goal was good for the power play. To put them down three goals, it's really hard to come back. It was important."

Stralman got the Lightning on the board at 5:43 of the third period when he beat Jones off a rebound of a Cedric Paquette shot to make it 3-1. It was his first goal of the season.

"We had some quality looks, but we could do a better job of putting some pucks toward the net," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "A lot of skill players make a lot of nice plays, but they don't always result in quality scoring chances."

Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi was awarded a penalty shot at 4:05 of the first period when Sustr hooked him on a breakaway, but Bishop made the save.

Video: SJS@TBL: Stralman jams home a loose puck

 

Goal of the game

Vlasic's seeing-eye shot on the power play took all of the steam out of Amalie Arena. Hertl and Donskoi did a good job of cycling the puck and clearing out space for Vlasic to score with a wrist shot from 55 feet away.

Video: SJS@TBL: Vlasic rifles a perfect shot for PPG

 

Save of the game

Jones made a pad save on Point's backhand on a mini-breakaway at 6:08 of the second period to keep San Jose up two goals. Point said he didn't get off the exact shot he wanted, but Jones may have forced him to change his approach.

 

Unsung moment of the game

DeBoer's decision to challenge the call on the ice of incidental contact between Marleau and Bishop, after an initial video review initiated by the Situation Room showed the puck had crossed the goal line, gave Marleau his fourth goal and the Sharks a 1-0 lead. "I don't know what the rule is," Stamkos said. "Obviously, they review it and they call it. We can't do anything about it once it happens. I mean, it's only 1-0, so that's no excuse for our group."

Video: Situation Room: Marleau awarded goal after challenge

 

Highlight of the game

Chris Tierney's effort to beat Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek to a loose puck allowed him to set up Wingels' goal. "I got to the puck and tried to make a play to Tommy," Tierney said. "I heard him calling for it. He did the rest from there. He made a nice shot, and it turned out to be the game-winner."

Video: SJS@TBL: Wingels buries a nifty one-timer

 

They said it

"I thought it was a little bit of an uninspired effort for some of the game, especially when we went down the third goal. It was OK. We were trying to carve our way back, and when they got that third one, it kind of deflated us a little bit. We showed a little spark in the third especially when we got the goal, but then after we scored the goal, I'm not so sure we had two shots on goal for the rest of the game." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

"Our game's coming around at the right place. We pride ourselves on being a good road team, doing the right things on the road, not giving teams opportunities to hurt us, making bad turnovers or taking stupid penalties. We're playing good road games so far and finding ways to win." -- Sharks center Chris Tierney

 

Video: SJS@TBL: Bishop turns away Donskoi's penalty shot

 

Need to know

Stralman left the ice with 5:53 remaining and appeared to be clutching his side. Cooper did not have an update.

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, CSN-CA, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the New York Islanders on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, TVA Sports, SUN, MSG +, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Jones' 25 saves lead Sharks past Lightning, 3-1

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