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Sharks defenseless to stop Lightning
Tampa Bay scores at will in 6-5 OT disaster
2/16/12 - By Mike Lee -

Defensive catastrophe. That about sums up the Sharks lone visit to Tampa Bay this season. The Sharks put 50 shots on goal and 5 pucks past Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson, but they imploded defensively, allowing 6 goals on 25 shots, losing 6-5 in overtime. San Jose earned a point, but it was a bitter consolation considering the way they lost.

San Jose blew a 4-3 lead entering the 3rd period, allowing Tampa to grab the lead with a pair of goals in the first 8 minutes of the period. The Sharks tied the game on a Tommy Wingels goal with 5:10 to play in regulation, but a huge defensive gaff cost San Jose with 33 ticks left in the extra period.

Justin Braun had a nightmarish game, contributing a series of mistakes that contributed to two keys Lightning goals. Braun abandoned his position in front of the net on the game winner, leaving Martin St Louis unattended. St Louis sat in front of the Antti Niemi for an eternity, before Victor Hedman slid a pass from the end boards for the redirect to end the game.

With the game tied 4-4 in the 3rd period, Braun turned over the puck, then deflected it into his own goal when St Louis tried sending a feed through the crease.

Even when he was involved in the play, Braun was on the ice for a bad goal. With San Jose outshooting Tampa Bay 20-4 in the 2nd period, the Lightning put a puck past a porous Niemi at 14:08. Steve Downie carried the puck up ice before sending a shot wide of the net. He gathered his own rebound and put the puck between Niemi's pads en route to the back of the net.

A lack of big saves by Niemi didn't help San Jose's cause. When his defense was abandoning him in front of the net, Steven Stamkos was carving him to pieces. The league's leading goal scorer was left unattended midway through the opening period. A deflection off a Brendan Mikkelson shot landed on Stamkos' backhand, for an easy deposit.

Stamkos tied the game early in the 3rd period, taking a Hedman feed in the slot and ripping am 18-foot shot past Niemi.

Logan Couture, Michael Handzus, Colin White also scored for San Jose.

Couture appeared to injure himself in the 2nd period, when he collided with teammate Torrey Mitchell. Both players hobbled off the ice and needed attention by the team training staff.

San Jose was already without Douglas Murray, who took a puck to the throat on his 2nd shift of the game. Murray was taken to a Tampa area hospital as a precaution.

Game Notes:

The Sharks acquired forward Dominic Moore from the Lightning on Thursday. Moore did not play in the game, but will join San Jose in Raleigh when the Sharks take on the Hurricanes on Friday night.

Moore was acquired for his apptitude on the penalty kill. The shark shave wallowed near the bottom of the league in penalty killing efficiency.

San Jose also acquired Tampa Bay's 7th roun draft pick in 2012. Tampa will receive the 2nd round pick that San Jose received from Minnesota in the Brent Burns deal.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 3 1 0 5
TB 2 1 2 1 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 24 (Thornton, Marleau), 1:16, (pp). 2, TB, Stamkos 38 (Mikkelson, Downie), 9:30. 3, TB, Purcell 14 (Mikkelson, Stamkos), 19:35, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Handzus 7 (McGinn, Mitchell), 1:44. 5, TB, Downie 12 (Brewer, Hedman), 14:08. 6, Vlasic 4 (Wingels, Boyle), 14:37. 7, SJ, White 1 (McGinn, Mitchell), 15:44.
3rd period - 8, TB, Stamkos, 39 (Hedman, Malone), 2:44. 9, TB, St Louis 17 (Lecavalier, Purcell), 8:01. 10, SJ, Wingels 2 (Couture, Boyle), 14:50.
Overtime - 11, TB, St Louis 18 (Hedman, Stamkos), 4:27.
1st period - Hedman, TB (delay of game - puck over glass), 0:26; Hedman, TB (hooking), 11:20; Clowe, SJ (goaltender interference), 19:26.
2nd period - Pyatt, TB (hooking), 6:34.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 25 19
TB - Roloson 50 45
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 17 20 8 5 50
TB 14 4 7 1 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
TB 1 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture
Brendan Mikkelson
Referees: Kowal, Walsh. Linesmen: Devorski, Kovachik.
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