Point Streak Ends As Lightning Fall In San Jose

The Tampa Bay Lightning failed to earn a point in a game for the first time since November 27, as Evander Kane's two goals and three assists by Brent Burns helped the San Jose Shark beat the Lightning 5-2 Saturday at SAP Center.

San Jose jumped out with two goals in a span of 34 seconds midway through the first period, first as Logan Couture beat Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 16th goal of the season, then on a turnover on the next shift, Brent Burns found Joe Pavelski for his team leading 25th on the year for a 2-0 lead.

Tampa Bay cut the deficit back to a single goal late in the first, as Victor Hedman's fifth goal of the season beat Martin Jones.

After a penalty-free first period, Anton Stralman took a slashing penalty three minutes into the middle period, and Kane made the Lightning pay by beating a screened Vasilevskiy with his first goal of the night and 13th of the year.

Mikhail Sergachev got Tampa Bay back to within one goal with his first goal of the season just 30 seconds later, but the Lightning couldn't get the tying goal and would head to the locker room after 40 minutes still trailing 3-2.

an Jose added more insuranuihce in the third, as Kane's second goal of the night made it 4-2, and Lukas Radil beat Vasilevskiy to make it 5-2 with under eight minutes to play in the game.

The loss is Tampa Bay's first in regulation in their last 17 games, as they had gone 15-0-1 since a November 27 loss at home to Anaheim.  The Lightning had not lost on the road since November 19 at Nashville.  Nikita Kucherov also saw his 12 game point streak and five straight games with a goal come to an end, while Brayden Point's eight-game point streak was also snapped Saturday.

NOTES: The Lightning were without defenseman Braydon Coburn, who the team says is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.


1st Period

  1. SJS: GOAL - Logan Couture (16).  ASSISTS - Meier, Karlsson.  TIME - 9:27.
  2. SJS: GOAL - Joe Pavelski (25).  ASSIST - Burns.  TIME - 10:01
  3. TBL: GOAL - Victor Hedman (5).  ASSISTS - Stamkos, Palat.  TIME - 16:13

2nd Period

  1. SJS: GOAL (PP) - Evander Kane (13).  ASSISTS - Burns, Karlsson.  TIME - 4:23
  2. TBL: GOAL - Mikhail Sergachev (1).  ASSISTS - Joseph, Callahan.  TIME - 4:53

3rd Period

  1. SJS: GOAL - Evander Kane (14).  ASSIST - Dillon.  TIME - 5:18
  2. SJS: GOAL - Lukas Radil (6).  ASSISTS - Meier, Burns.  TIME - 12:20.

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