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Hopeless performance in Tampa
Lightning run roughshod in 6-0 win over SJ
10/26/2023 - By Mike Lee

San Jose has lost its way. Playing in their seventh game of the season, the Sharks turned in what was arguably the worst performance of the season in a 6-0 loss to the host Tamp Bay Lightning. The Sharks were simply overmatched, to the point that getting the puck out of their own end was a major accomplishment. The Lightning played at 4 levels above anything the Sharks could throw out on the ice and it wasn't even close.

Miserable would be the best word to describe the uninspired Sharks. The game was decided 101 seconds into the contest, yet San Jose was forced to endure their worst beating of the season.

Brayden Point staked Tampa Bay to an early 1-0 lead just 1:41 into the game on some precision shooting from 15 feet out. The Lightning forward took a Mikhail Sergachev feed on the right side, then picked the upper left corner before snapping a bullet past MacKenzie Blackwood for his 2nd goal of the season.

Former Sharks Mikey Eyssimont stung his former team 4 minutes later when he tipped a Calvin DeHaan shot past Blackwood for his 2nd tally of the season. The Sharks had just killed a Thomas Bordeleau slashing penalty, but allowed the even strength goal to fall behind by a pair of scores.

San Jose decided to counter Tampa Bay's offensive punch by taking a pair of penalties that would put the Lightning on a 5-on-3 power play. Not surprisingly, that blew up on them when Steven Stamkos snapped home his 3rd goal of the season on the 2-man advantage. The goal came before Matt Benning's leading penalty expired, to Jacob Peterson's high sticking penalty carried over to the start of the 2nd period.

San Jose survived the remaining time on the penalty kill, but Brandon Hagel made it a 4-0 at 4:01 of the 4th period, stuffing home a shot from just outside the right post.

Nick Paul pushed the Lightning lead to 5-0 3 minutes later when he gathered a lead pass from Stamkos then raced in on Blackwood and lifted a shot past the Sharks goaltender for his 5th tally of the season.

David Quinn mercifully pulled Blackwood at that point, but his stat line was bloodied by the 5 Tampa Bay goals. Kaapo Khakonen replaced him at 7:29 into the frame.

Things were so bad that when San Jose finally went on the power play with 2:22 left in the period, Kevin Labanc took a slashing penalty 6 seconds into the power play to negate that advantage.

Luke Glendening scored his 1st goal of the season off a deflection 5:44 into the 3rd period. Connor Sheary threw a puck to the front of the net where Glendening was parked. The forward got a stick on the shot, redirecting if off Kyle Burroughs, then Matt Benning before it slipped past Khakonen.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks will be without forward Alexander Barabanov, who broke a finger in the Sharks loss to Florida on Tuesday night. Barabanov suffered the injury from friendly fire when a Jacob Peterson shot caught him in the hand. He is listed as week to week.

* San Jose recalled forward Ryan Carpenter from the Barracuda to fill the void created by the Barabanov injury. Carpenter was not able to reach Tampa in time for the game, so he was listed as a scratch. He will join the team in Raleigh for the Sharks next game against the Hurricanes.

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.

* Lightning goaltender Jonas Johansson faced 23 shots, stopping all of them to earn his 2nd consecutive shutout.

* Eight Shark skaters turned in a -2 plus/minus performance, and Filip Zadina added a -3 game. The Sharks were -25 collectively as a team.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
TB 3 2 1 6
1st period - 1, TB, Point 2 (Sergachev, Perbix), 1:41. 2, TB, Eyssimont 2 (De Haan, Perbix), 6:03. 3, TB, Stamkos 3 (Kucherov, Sergachev), 19:18, (pp).
2nd period - 4, TB, Hagel 5 (Barre-Boulet, Hedman), 4:01. 5, TB, Paul 5 (Stamkos, Hedman), 7:29.
3rd period - 6, TB, Galdnening 1 (Sheary, Raddysh), 5:44.
1st period - Bordeleau, SJ (slashing), 3:33; Benning, SJ (hooking), 17:41; Peterson, SJ (high sticking), 18:45.
2nd period - Rutta, SJ (roughing), 10:46; Eyssimont, TB (roughing), 10:46; Merela, TB (interference), 17:38; Labanc, SJ (slashing), 17:44.
3rd period - Stamkos, TB (hooking), 14:31.
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 21 16
SJ - Kahkonen 10 9
TB - Johansson 23 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 7 9 23
TB 13 13 6 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
TB 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Mikey Eyssimont
Brandon Hagel
Mikhail Sergachev
Amalie Arena - 19,092
Referees: #39 Brandon Blandina, #28 Chris Lee. Linesmen: #60 Libor Suchanek, #70 Derek Nansen .

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