San Jose (6-2-0) at Tampa Bay (1-2-3) 7:30 p.m. EDT
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) — It took six games, but Barry Melrose
and the Tampa Bay Lightning finally got a win.
They will look to make it two in a row when they complete a
five-game homestand against the high-powered offense of the San
Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Tampa Bay had dropped its first five contests of the season,
three of which came in overtime or a shootout. The Lightning
also needed overtime to notch their first victory.
After jumping to a 2-0 lead, Tampa Bay allowed two third-period
goals, including the tying tally with 36 seconds left. But
captain Vincent Lecavalier’s power-play goal 1:41 into overtime
finally put Melrose and the Lightning into the win column.
Tampa Bay will hit the road for seven of its next eight games
following Saturday’s contest.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks fell short of setting a
franchise mark to open the season with a 4-3 loss to the Florida
Panthers on Friday. Cory Stillman scored his second goal of the
game late in the second period to snap a tie as Florida
prevented San Jose from recording the first 7-1-0 start in its
The Sharks are tied for the league lead with 28 goals. Captain
Patrick Marleau leads the team with five, while Devin Setoguchi
and Jonathan Cheechoo have four apiece.
Former Hart Trophy winner Joe Thornton finally got in the goal
column Friday with his first of the season for San Jose, which
has seen Evgeni Nabokov allow at least four goals in four
consecutive games. The Sharks are 2-2-0 over that span.