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Big Sticks Lead Bolts To Easy Win Over Sharks

TAMPA (WDAE) -- Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 of 38 shots. Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos each scored twice and Alex Killorn had four points as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-1 Sturday at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning killed off an early tripping penalty on Ondrej Palat, and less than a minute after the penalty ended, Carter Verhaeghe found Johnson in the slot for his sixth goal of the year, and maintained that one-goal lead despited Mathieu Joseph taking a four-minute double minor for high-sticking later in the period.

The Lightning doubled their lead midway through the second period, as Killorn found the puck on his stick after a Jan Rutta shot was popped up into the air, wristing it past Martin Jones for his seventh goal.

Kevin Lebanc was sent off for a high-sticking double minor late in the second, and Stamkos ended up making it 3-0 with 26.1 seconds to play in the period with his eighth goal of the season.

Victor Hedman made it 4-0 less than a minute into the third period, ending Jones' night by pinching in and putting away a Cirelli crossing pass for his seventh goal of the season.

Aaron Dell's night started out equally as bad for San Jose, as he got caught behind the net with the puck. Verhaeghe stole the puck away from the netminder, and a tic-tac-toe from Stamkos to Johnson made it 5-0.

San Jose finally got on the board late in the third period as Marc-Edouard Vlasic's wrist shot beat Vasilevskiy for his fifth goal of the year.

Stamkos got the lead back to five goals after Timo Meier took a slashing penalty and the Tampa Bay captain blasted his second power play goal of the night, and Verhaeghe finally scored his first career NHL goal with 25 seconds to play.

Vasilevskiy finished with 15 saves in each of the first two periods, and stopped 7 of 8 in the final 20 minutes.

The Lightning will welcome the New York Islanders to Amalie Arena Monday. Face-off is set for 7:00 and can be heard on NewsRadio WFLA.


1st Period

  1. TBL: GOAL - Tyler Johnson (6). ASSIST - Verhaeghe. TIME - 3:10.

2nd Period

  1. TBL: GOAL - Alex Killorn (8). ASSISTS - none. TIME - 12:21.
  2. TBL: GOAL (PP) - Steven Stamkos (8). ASSISTS - Hedman, Killorn. TIME - 19:33.

3rd Period

  1. TBL: GOAL - Victor Hedman (7). ASSISTS - Cirelli, Killorn. TIME - 0:52.
  2. TBL: GOAL - Tyler Johnson (7). ASSISTS - Stamkos, Verhaeghe. TIME - 3:51.
  3. SJS: GOAL - Marc-Edouard Vlasic. ASSISTS - Karlsson, Meier. TIME - 14:44
  4. TBL: GOAL (PP) - Steven Stamkos (9). ASSISTS - Killorn, Hedman. TIME - 15:36
  5. TBL: GOAL - Carter Verhaeghe (1). ASSISTS - Maroon, Gourde. TIME - 19:35.

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