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Pavelski & St Louis tally 7 goals
Sharks out score Tampa Bay in goal fest
1/18/14 - By Mike Lee -

Joe Pavelski was establishing himself as "Two-Goal Joe," for his propensity to bag goals in pairs. Up until Saturday afternoon, Pavleski had never scored a hat trick though. He picked a fine time to turn in a three goal performance, helping the Sharks overcome a 4-2 deficit in Tampa Bay as San Jose stormed back from the big deficit to knock off the host Lightning 5-4 at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The comeback win overshadowed a 4-goal performance by Martin St Louis.

* Both Pavelski and St Louis recorded natural hat tricks in the contest. St Louis scored 3 of his 4 goals in the 1st period, while Pavelski potted all 3 of his in the 2nd period.

* Matt Nieto went 28 straight games before scoring in Florida last Thursday night. The Sharks rookie went back-to-back games by opening the games scoring on Saturday. The forward threw a puck on net from the right dot midway through the 1st period that was blocked by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, but the puck kicked back out to Nieto in the slot for the put back shot that found twine for Nieto's 4th tally of the season.

* Tyler Kennedy was sent off for hooking at 11:39 of the period, and St Louis sniped a goal from the right circle 17 seconds into the penalty.

* San Jose regained the lead when Patrick Marleau threw a puck at the net from the left wing boards, using a Tommy Wingels screen to slip the shot past Bishop.

* St Louis made it a 2-2 game 3 minutes later, taking a Jean-Phillipe Cote lead pass up the left wing boards before racing in on Antti Niemi. The Sharks netminder stopped St Louis on the initial shot from in tight, but the Lightning captain got a stick on the puck just as defenseman Brad Stuart tried to sweep the puck out of the crease. The confluence of both sticks pushed the puck over Niemi's right pad and into the Sharks goal.

* St Louis recorded his hat trick with 30 seconds left in the opening period, benefitting from a series of deflections in front of the Sharks net. Defenseman Mark Barberio fed JT Brown in the slot with a pass from the blueline, creating an opening on the left for St Louis who waved at the puck. St Louis' shot hit a Sharks defender before slipping past Niemi. The Tampa Bay crowd had no idea St Louis had scored the goal, so there was no hat trick celebration.

* Sharks rookie Eriah Hayes opened the 2nd period with an interference penalty which setup the Lightning's 2nd power play of the game. They made it 2-for-2 on power play conversions with St Louis capped his wild scoring outburst with his 25th goal of the season. St Louis ripped a cross-ice feed from Teddy Purcell, beating Niemi from the right dot.

* Tampa Bay had a chance to put the game out of reach when Marleau was pushed into Bishop, drawing a goaltender interference penalty. Marleau was not amused by Bishop dressing up the play by flopping after being tapped by the Sharks forward. The Sharks power play settled down to deny the Lightning of any further damage.

* The Pavelski show kicked into gear at 12:48 of the period, when the U.S. Olympian punched home a feed from Kennedy during a delayed penalty. Kennedy circled out of the slot, curling back around the right side before spotting Pavelski on the left side. Drawing two defenders to the right, Kennedy slid a pass through the slot for the easy deposit by Pavelski.

* Eric Brewer setup Pavelski's 2nd goal by hooking Matt Nieto at 13:01 of the period. Dan Boyle ripped a shot from the blueline during the mad advantage, bouncing the puck off Bishop. Pavelski was parked at the top of the crease where he was hammered by Victor Hedman with a cross check, but he got a stick on the puck, lifting a shot past Bishop.

* Pavelski gave the Sharks the lead for good with a minute left in the middle period. Matt Irwin rifled a shot from the blueline, but the puck was tipped by Pavelski to give San Jose the 5-4 lead.

* The Sharks buckled down in the 3rd period, limiting the Lightning to a paltry 6 shots in the period. Things got a little dicey for San Jose 8 minutes into the final frame when Irwin was sent off for holding. Andrew Desjardins and Cote had been sent off for off-setting penalties a minute earlier, but the Lightning had a 4-on-3 after Irwin's infraction. San Jose killed the penalty to preserve their lead.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 3 0 5
TB 3 1 0 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Nieto 4 (Marleau, Wingels). 2, TB, St Louis 22 (Johnson, Purcell), 11:56, (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 21 (Nieto), 12:52. 4, TB, St Louis 23 (Cote, Bishop), 15:44. 5, TB, St Louis 24 (Brown, Barberio), 19:30.
2nd period - 6, TB, St Louis 25 (Purcell, Johnson), 2:07, (pp). 7, SJ, Pavelski 23 (Kennedy, Demers), 12:48. 8, SJ, Pavelski 24 (Boyle), 13:09, (pp). 9, SJ, Pavelski 25 (Irwin, Thornton), 19:00.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Kennedy, SJ (hooking), 11:39.
2nd period - Bishop, TB (roughing), 6:29; Marleau, SJ (goaltender interference), 7:11; Brewer, TB (hooking), 13:01.
3rd period - Desjardins, SJ (boarding), 6:50; Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 6:50; Cote, TB (roughing), 6:50; Cote, TB (fighting major), 6:50; Irwin, SJ (holding), 7:57.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 29 25
TB - Bishop 32 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 14 13 5 32
TB 13 10 6 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
TB 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Martin St Louis
Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Hasenfratz, Kozari. Linesmen: Cormier, Gibbs .
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