San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Wingels notched the first two-goal
game of his career, Antti Niemi made 36 saves and the San Jose Sharks opened a
five-game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday
Brad Stuart, Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau also had goals in San Jose's
fourth win in five games. Logan Couture had three assists.
The Sharks have beaten the Lightning five straight times at home by a combined
score of 27-7.
Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, whose first losing streak of the
season reached three games -- all on the road. Anders Lindback gave up five
goals on 36 shots.
Wingels gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead on a snap shot from the left circle 3:39
into the game, and Stuart scored on a slap shot through traffic from the high
left side with 1:57 left in the first period to make it 2-0.
"We found a bit of chemistry off the get-go," said Wingels, whose second goal
came 11:47 into the second period from the low right side.
Burns was credited with a goal after Scott Hannan's slap shot hit Joe
Thornton, then went in off his skate at 4:23 of the third period.
Marleau scored just 19 seconds later, getting behind Lightning defenseman Mark
Barberio in the slot after a broken play in the neutral zone. Marleau fanned
on his initial try, but corralled the puck on his backhand and slipped the
puck into the right side of the net to make it 5-0.
Niemi, who had 12 saves in the first and second periods, saw his bid for a
third shutout this season end when Ondrej Palat found Johnson in the slot for
a one-timer at 7:39.
The Sharks were 0-for-2 on the power play and the Lightning went 0-for-1 ...
Tampa Bay's last win in San Jose came March 24, 2003 ... The Lightning end
their road trip Friday at Anaheim ... New Jersey, Los Angeles, St. Louis and
Anaheim will also visit the Sharks on their homestand. They play the Devils on
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