St. Louis scores in OT, Lightning beat Sharks
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 4:27 into overtime, Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists in his 300th NHL game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday night.
St. Louis got the winner from close range off a pass from Victor Hedman.
Stamkos has 158 goals and 298 points overall. Teddy Purcell and Steve Downie had the other Tampa Bay goals.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks got goals from Logan Couture, Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Colin White and Tommy Wingels, who got San Jose even at 5 during a 2-on-1 with 5:10 remaining in the third.
Stamkos made it 4-4 on his league-leading 39th goal from the slot 2:44 into the third. St. Louis gave the Lightning a 5-4 lead when his shot from along the goal-line went off a San Jose defender and past goalie Antti Niemi.
Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson made 45 saves, including five in overtime. Niemi stopped 19 shots.
Vlasic got his first goal in 17 games at 14:37 of second and White stopped a personal 148-game goal drought, dating to Dec. 28, 2009, 67 seconds later as San Jose went ahead 4-3.
Tampa Bay, outshot 20-4 during the second, had taken a 3-2 advantage on Downie’s goal at 14:08.
Handzus tied it 2 from the low slot at 1:44 of the second.
After Stamkos scored at 9:30 of the first, he assisted on Purcell’s power-play goal that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 24.4 seconds left in the first.
Couture put the Sharks up 1-0 on a power-play goal just 1:16 into the game. The center had two goals in San Jose’s 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Dec. 21.
The teams announced a trade before the game, with the Sharks obtaining center Dominic Moore and a seventh-round draft pick this year for a 2012 second-round pick.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said the team also plans to keep Pavel Kubina out of the lineup while it attempts to trade the defenseman.
Notes: Lightning D Brendan Mikkelson snapped a 31-game point drought, dating to Oct. 30, 2010, with two assists. He has no goals and eight assists in 103 NHL games. … Sharks C Torrey Mitchell had two assists for his first points in 12 games. … Tampa Bay D Matt Gilroy was back in the lineup after missing two games because of a hand injury.
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