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Stamkos, Johnson power Lightning in win against Sharks

Each scores twice; Killorn has four points, Hedman gets three for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Stamkos scores PPG with wrister

SJS@TBL: Stamkos buries PPG from the circle

Steven Stamkos rifles a wrist shot to the near post on the power play to give the the Lightning a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period

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TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Tyler Johnson scored two goals, Alex Killorn had a goal and three assists, and Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists for the Lightning (14-10-3), who have won two of their past three games. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves.

"It was a good night for me," Killorn said. "When you have a four-point night, the pucks are kind of bouncing your way, and a couple bounces went my way."

 

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Carter Verhaeghe scored his first NHL goal for Tampa Bay and had two assists.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks (15-14-2), who have not won in three games (0-2-1). Martin Jones allowed four goals on 21 shots before he was relieved 52 seconds into the third period by Aaron Dell, who made 14 saves.

San Jose was 4-0-1 in its previous five road games.

"Honestly, I thought we played pretty well through two," Sharks captain Logan Couture said. "I thought we had some good 5-on-5 looks, they scored a power-play [goal] at the end there, but I didn't like our third period. We kind of gave them some freebies and let our goalies down."

Johnson gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 3:10 of the first period with a wrist shot from above the left hash marks.

Video: SJS@TBL: Johnson wires home wrist shot from the slot

Killorn made it 2-0 at 12:29 of the second with an unassisted goal on a shot from the slot, and Stamkos scored his 150th NHL power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the period to make it 3-0.

"We've had a tendency this year when we've had the lead to sit back a little too much," Stamkos said. "Our team is built to continue to press, use our speed, and then the skill takes over. We kept pouring on the goals. It was a great way to come out in the third period, score one early, and we just kept going."

Hedman scored his third goal in three games to give Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead 52 seconds into the third.

Johnson made it 5-0 at 3:51 with his second of the night.

"The third period was just unacceptable," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "It was just poor effort. I think instead of sticking with it, I think we felt sorry for ourselves after that fourth goal. Maybe start thinking about tomorrow, but you can't do that in this league. So throw that one out."

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

Vlasic got San Jose on the board to make it 5-1 at 14:44. It was his fifth goal after he had three in 72 games last season.

Stamkos scored again on the power play at 15:36 to make it 6-1.

Verhaeghe scored with 25 seconds remaining for the 7-1 final.

"Great game, great effort by the guys, and I got [my] first one," Verhaeghe said. "That's a pretty special moment for me and the family and everyone. It's nice."

Video: SJS@TBL: Verhaeghe beats Dell with wrist shot

San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play and is 0-for 23 in its past 10 games.

"Tonight, I thought we moved it around all right," Couture said. "I thought we hit two posts and had some good looks in the slot. I thought tonight was something to build off of. We moved it as good as we have lately, we've just got to find some finish."

 

They said it

"[Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy] played well. I don't think we made it overly tough on him. We've got to find a way to get to the net a little bit better and get some more chances on the inside." -- Sharks goalie Martin Jones

"I think the whole team played great. We gave up 30-something shots but not many scoring chances. I'll take it all day. I was feeling it tonight." -- Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

 

Need to know

Sharks center Joe Thornton has not scored a goal in 40 games dating to March 21. ... Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov had his seven-game point streak end (four goals, nine assists). ... The Lightning lost their previous three home games. ... Stamkos tied Glenn Anderson for 48th in power-play goals in NHL history (151).

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Florida Panthers on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-F, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the New York Islanders on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SUN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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