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San Jose gets zapped by Lightning
Tampa Bay puts a 7 spot on overmatched Sharks
1/22/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks kicked off a 5-game span against Eastern Conference power house opponents on Saturday, with a date against the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center. It was the only game on home ice, but it if was a preview of what their next four games are going to look like, the Sharks may want to call in sick. Tampa ran roughshod on the overmatched Sharks, pummeling them 7-1 in a laugher.

The defending Stanley Cup Champions simply outclassed the Sharks. It wasn't even close. Tampa jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st period and never looked back. After losing big to the Anaheim Ducks just 24 hours earlier, the Lightning addressed their issues and took it out on a Sharks.

That opening period was just a gut punch.

Ross Colton inflicted the first cut 3:17 into the game when he tried to make a pass across the slot, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic tried to block the attempt by laying his stick flat. Instead of hitting it's mark, the puck deflected towards the Sharks net, slipping inside the right post for Colton's 7th goal of the season.

Steven Stamkos put a puck past James Reimer 4 minutes later, lifting a shot from just outside the left dot. Reimer was distracted by two players in front of him and never saw the shot.

Mathew Joseph made it 3-0 at 11:04, pushing a loose puck across the goal line after Stamkos blew past Brent Burns on the left side and tried jamming a scoring chance home from in tight. Nobody saw the puck as it sat perched in the crease just inside the left post. Joseph kept pushing and got a stick on it for his 7th goal of the season.

San Jose was stung by a fluke play at 12:32 when old nemesis Corey Perry converted on a bad bounce. Ryan McDonagh tried to wind the puck around the boards from the left point, but it hit referee Bard Meier and deflected out to the center of the left circle. With the Sharks all looking for the puck wrap around the end boards, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare pounced on the puck and put a shot off Reimer, but it deflected right to Perry on the right side for the easy put back.

Sharks head coach Bob Boughner pulled Reimer, inserting Adin Hill.

The Sharks were able to get a goal back before the intermission when Jaycob Megna threw a puck on net that deflected off Victor Hedman and past goaltender Brian Elliott. It was the 1st goal of the year for Megna.

Elliott is the Lightning backup goaltender. Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper elected to sit starter Andrei Vasilevskiy who played in Anaheim. The Lighting could have stuck a tree stump in goal and the outcome would likely have been the same.

Braydon Point pushed the Lightning lead back to 4 goals at 6:24 of the 2nd period. The Tampa Bay moved the puck up ice on a 3-on-1 after Anthony Cirelli pushed the puck past a pinching Ryan Merkley. Nikita Kucherov took a pass from Cirelli up the right side before dropping to a trailing Point who picked a spot and beat Hill. Jasper Weatherby let up on Point as he expected Kucherov to shoot, which turned out to be a big mistake.

The Sharks appeared to score a goal with 8:40 left in the period after a dog pile ended with the puck crossing the goal line. A vehement declaration by referee Tom Chmielewski suggested he saw everything, but a video review deemed that someone "used a distinct kicking motion" on the play, which nullified the goal.

Alexander Barabanov made things even easier for Tampa Bay by taking a hooking penalty 3:04 into the 3rd period. The Lightning scored at will 5-on-5, so it was no surprise that they converted on their lone power play opportunity of the night. Alex Killorn redirected a Hedman shot for his 13th goal of the season.

Colton scored his 2nd of the game 33 seconds later on a rebound after Taylor Raddysh bounced a shot off Hill.

Game, set, match.

Game Notes:

* Erik Karlsson was scratched for what's being reported as an upper body injury. Karlsson is day-to-day.

* The Lightning had six players with multi-point games. Only Colton Ross had multiple goals.

* Radim Simek made his way back into the lineup after missing 6 games with an upper body injury. Simek was a -3 on the night, skating 27 shifts.

* Mikhail Sergachev was a +4 for Tampa Bay.

* San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was boo'd by the 14,193 in attendance when the Sharks played a video of him declaring January 28th as SJ Sharkie Day in celebration of the Shark mascot's 30th birthday.


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1 2 3 T
TB 4 1 2 7
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, TB, Colton 7 (McDonagh), 3:17. 2, TB, Stamkos 20 (Killorn, Foote), 7:45. 3, TB, Joseph 7 (Stamkos, Sergachev), 11:04. 4, TB, Perry 11 (Bellemare, McDonagh), 12:32. 5, SJ, Megna 1 (Merkley), 16:40.
2nd period - 6, TB, Point 16 (Kucherov, Cirelli), 6:24.
3rd period - 7, TB, Killorn 13 (Hedman, Kucherov), 4:20, (pp). 8, TB, Colton 8 (Raddysh, Sergachev), 4:53.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Joseph, TB (holding), 8:39.
3rd period - Barabanov, SJ (hooking), 3:04; Kucherov, TB (slashing), 7:24; Viel, SJ (tripping), 17:01.
Shots Saves
TB - Elliott 28 27
SJ - Reimer 13 9
SJ - Hill 18 15
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
TB 15 6 10 31
SJ 5 10 13 28
Power Play Conversion
TB 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Ross Colton
Mikhail Sergachev
SAP Center - 14,193
Referees: #18 Tom Chmielewski, #34 Brad Meier. Linesmen: #67 Travis Gawryletz, #57 Justin Johnson.

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