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Wingels career game leads Sharks
SJ rebounds from last loss
11/21/13 - By Mike Lee -

After their spanking in Chicago last Sunday, the Sharks had plenty of things to correct. Putting the puck past opposing goaltenders was at the top of the list. They corrected that issue to a degree on Thursday night, pummeling the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 at the SAP Center. Tommy Wingels helped the Sharks right their listing offense by scoring a pair of goals in the Sharks dismantling of the visiting Lighting.

* Wingles put the Sharks up early in the contest, lifting a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle and catching the left post for his 6th goal of the season. He added his 2nd goal of the game midway through the middle period, benefitting from a precision pass from Patrick Marleau who sat parked behind the Lightning net. Wingels kept his stick on the ice, snapping Marleau's feed past Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback as he slid between two Tampa defenders.

* Brad Stuart added his 2nd goal of the season with less than 2 minutes left in the opening period, slapping a shot that caught the inside of the left post. The Sharks did a good job of getting traffic in front of Lindback.

* Patrick Marleau missed on a breakaway chance in the final minute of the 1st period after Victor Hedman was forced to lay the clamps on the Sharks speedy forward.

* Brent Burns made his return to the Sharks lineup after missing 13 games with a facial injury. Burns was in the right place at the right time, deflecting a Scott Hannan shot with his skate. Hannan's shot was lifted after Joe Thornton's got a stick on it, elevating it enough to hit Burns in the exact spot necessary to get it past Lindback.

* Marleau followed up Burns' goal with his 11th tally of the season just 19 seconds later. Marleau took a feed at the Lightning blueline and raced around defenseman Mark Barberio on his way to the goal mouth. The speedy center tried to shoot on Lindback from the top of the crease, but he whiffed, only to gather the puck and slip a follow up attempt into the Tampa goal for the 5-0 lead.

* Antti Niemi lost his shutout bid with 12:21 left in regulation when Tyler Johnson capped a nice passing sequence on a rush with a snap-shot from the slot. Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik setup the goal with a pair of passes through the slot. The 36 saves he was forced to make was the second highest save total of the season.

* Tampa Bay continues to struggle without Steven Stamkos, who broke his leg earlier this season.

* Not that is should be a surprise, but four Sharks recorded a multi-point night. Patrick Marleau (1-2=3), Logan Couture (0-3=3), Tommy Wingels (2-0=2), and Justin Braun (0-2=2). Wingels joked with reporters after the game, playing off the fact that it was his first 2-goal performance in the NHL. Couture's 3 assists was also a career high.

* Brad Stuart, Logan Couture, and Justin Braun all had a +4 game. Martin St Louis, Valtteri Filppula and Teddy Purcell all recorded -3 games for the Lightning.

* San Jose ruled the face off circle winning 37 of 58 draws (64%).



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
TB 0 0 1 1
SJ 2 1 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Wingels 6 (Couture, Marleau), 3:39. 2, SJ, Stuart 2 (Kennedy, Couture), 18:03.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Wingels 7 (Marleau, Braun), 11:47.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Burns 5 (Thornton, Hannan), 4:23. 5, SJ, Marleau 11 (Couture, Burns), 4:42. 6, TB, Johnson 5 (Palat, Panik), 7:39.
Penalties
1st period - Killorn, TB (holding), 10:52; Wingels, SJ (tripping), 14:13; Hedman, TB (holding), 19:08.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
TB - Lindback 36 31
SJ - Niemi 37 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
TB 12 12 13 37
SJ 18 9 9 36
Power Play Conversion
TB 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Patrick Marleau
Tommy Wingels
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: St Pierre, Walsh. Linesmen: Mach, Cherrey.
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