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Live Game Blog: Sharks vs. Lightning

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks snaps a two-game losing streak with a convincing 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning without their Captain Joe Thornton. Antero Niittymaki earns the win making 33 of 35 save. Patrick Marleau scores a shorthanded goal to open the game and then adds a powerplay later on in the first period.


Sharks win 5-2 over Tampa Bay.

Jamie McGinn interfers and goes to the box for the remainder of the game.

Fancy footwork from Vincent Lecavalier along the boards and then a pass to high-scoring Steven Stamkos leads to a Tampa Bay goal. Stamkos scores his 11th goal of the young season on a powerplay. Sharks still lead 5-2.

Scott Nichol gets tagged with a two-minute interference penalty. This is the Sharks third penalty of the night.

Jamie McGinn still giving 100 percent in the game. Big hit from the forward in the offensive zone with the Sharks leading 5-1 with less than five minutes remaining in the contest.

Antero Niittymaki flashes some serious leather against his former teammates. Sharks still up 5-1.

The puck trickles to Dan Boyle at the point who fires it at Mike Smith.

Sharks ice the puck.

Ryan Malone gets several attempts at Antero Niittmaki, trying to pound the puck pass Niitty's pads but no luck.

Sharks take on their second minor of the game as Kent Hustin goes to the sin bin for high sticking.

Downie steps back onto the ice. San Jose is 1-for-7 on the powerplay. Official attendance just announce, a sellout crowd of 17,562 at the Shark Tank tonight.

Steve Downie goes to the box for Tampa Bay for high sticking Antero Niittymaki. Downie knocked Niitty's mask off his head. The netminder heads to the Sharks bench for some quick equipment repairs during the commerial break. The Sharks will be on their seventh powerplay of the game.

Patrick Marleau snaps a hard one at Mike Smith who makes the save as Marleau tries for his third goal of the night.

Martin St. Louis heels his shot attempt as Antero Niittymaki easily makes the save.

Logan Couture, with his back to the net, scores on a tip in on Dany Heatley's shot. That's Couture's fifth goal of the season and Heatley's second point of the game. Sharks continues the offensive outpour and now leads 5-1.


San Jose doubles their score in the middle period and leads 4-1 after scoring two even-strength goals. Enter tonight's contest, the Sharks are 8th in the League in home goals per game at 3.2. The Sharks took 20 shots on goal this period alone, thanks in large part to two minor and a double minor penalty. San Jose has 32 shots in the game. Tampa Bay has 16.

Jamal Mayers makes a blind pass behind Mike Smith to the front of the net where John McCarthy waits to knock the puck in pass Smith. It is McCarthy's second goal of his career. Douglas Murray earns the secondary asssit. Sharks are up 4-1 and the home crowd get their wish of pizza -- four in net, pizza you get.

Jamie McGinn took an exception to a hard hit and picks a fight with Ryan Malone. Each get tacks with a major five-minute penalty.

The puck knocks around a few skates after Jason Demers' shot from the point got the home crowd roaring at the chances on net but the didn't reach the net. Additionally, Tampa Bay kills off the four-minute penalty.

Ryan Malone goes to the penalty box for a double minor on a high stick.

After the Sharks earn some zone time, Dany Heatley scores his sixth goal of the season slamming in a rebound on basically an open net after Mike Smith failed to control the rebound. San Jose now lead 3-1.

The jumbotron shows Jumbo Joe Thornton on the screen sitting between TV commentators Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda. Thornton recieves a huge cheer from the HP Pavilion crowd and he acknowledges the fans with a thumbs up.

Devin Setoguchi was left unmarked in front of the Tampa Bay net but didn't have enough space to lift the puck over Mike Smith. Score remains the same since the start of the period, 2-1.

Joe Pavelski uses his speed and enter the Lightning's zone and was able to get a shot off to the net dispite having a d-man sprawling out on the ice in front of the Sharks forward.

Sharks go hard to the net and dislodges it as well as knocks Mike Smith on his bum. The Bolts netminder lobbies for a penalty but to no avail.

After a hard pass that went completely around the rim, the Lightning were the first on it and a quick pass up the wing to Captain Vincent Lecavalier allows him a breakaway. His shot, however goes wide.

Tampa Bay gets another penalty called against them. Sean Bergenheim goes back into the sin bin this time for a tripping penalty.

The Lightning successfull kill off the penalty.

A Tampa Bay defenseman breaks his stick behind his net. But the Sharks couldn't fully take advantage of it when their shot went high in the netting.

Sharks go on the man advantage for the third consecutive time. Sean Bergenheim gets a holding call.


Behind Patrick Marleau's shorty and powerplay goal, the San Jose Sharks go into the first intermission up 2-1. Antero Niittymaki is a perfect 10-for-10 in the first period. Defenseman Dan Boyle leads all skaters in ice time with 8:33 -- no surprise for the Sharks ice time leader.

Tampa forward Steven Stamkos goes in on Antero Niittymaki alone following a turnover. Niittymaki makes a sprawl out save with his skate against the two red post and makes the pad save.

Jason Demers and Devin Setoguchi narrowly miss a redirect chance on net.

Lightning's Victor Hedman gets tagged with a two-minute delay of game.

The Sharks work quickly on the powerplay. Patrick Marleau uses Dany Heatley, who sits unchecked in front of the net, and shoots a wrister from the right faceoff circle and beats Mike Smith five-hole again. Dan Boyle and Jason Demers earn the assists. Sharks up 2-1 on the powerplay goal.

Vincent Lecavalier goes to the penalty box to sit for two-minutes following his hook on Patrick Marleau.

Martin St. Louis redirects Steven Stamkos shot from the point to tie up the game 1-1 just as the interference penalty expires. Captain Vincent Lecavalier earns the secondary assist.

Patrick Marleau steals the puck at the Tampa Bay blueline and goes in alone on Mike Smith. Marleau beats Smith to the five-hole to score his fifth goal of the season unassisted. Sharks up 1-0 on the shorthanded goal.

Douglas Murray makes a huge hit on Dana Tyrell but then is slapped with a two-minute interference penalty.

Lightning's Nate Thompson had a redirect chance not Antero Niittymaki who makes the tough save.

A metal rod falls off the glass and the ref whistles the play dead as the two team battled it out in the corner. It's took the crew a few minutes to put the rod back on as play resumes with a faceoff to the left of Tampa Bay's goalie Mike Smith.

Tampa Bay cleanly wins the faceoff in the Sharks zone and drops the puck back to their d-man on the blueline who rifles off a shot. Forward Sean Bergenheim collects the rebound at the doorstep of Niittymaki's net, but the Finnish netminder makes the save off his chest.

Antero Niittymaki makes a save on a shot from the slot. The puck temporarily gets lodge in his blocker but he shakes it loose.

Icing called agasint the Lightning but the win the ensuing faceoff, clears their zone and change their lines on the fly.

Logan Couture and Dany Heatley go in on a two-on-two but the Bolts' d-man drops to the ice to disrupt Couture and the Sharks do not get a shot off.

Patrick Marleau wrists one on Tampa Bay's netminder Mike Smith who makes the inital save but couldn't close his glove to cover up the rebound. The puck slides into the corner where Smith's defenseman clears the puck.


The San Jose Sharks (5-5-1) returns home for a five-game homestand starting with tonight's matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7-3-2).

San Jose will be without captain and leading scorer Joe Thornton who will be serving the first of his two-game suspension. The Sharks Foundation "Player of the Month" Antero Niittymaki gets the call tonight between the pipes. Forward Benn Ferriero who was recalled earlier today will also skate tonight.

The Bolts' Steven Stamkos leads the NHL in points with 20 and is tied in goals scored with 10.
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