Instant Replay: Sharks recover miraculously in Tampa Bay

Instant Replay: Sharks recover miraculously in Tampa Bay
January 18, 2014, 1:15 pm
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In the only other meeting this season, the Sharks beat the Lightning, 5-1 at SAP Center on Nov. 21. (AP IMAGES)


Joe Pavelski’s first career hat trick helped the Sharks overcome a four-goal effort from the Lightning’s Martin St. Louis in a 5-4 win in Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Pavelski scored all three of his goals in succession in the second period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 Sharks lead.

First, Tyler Kennedy controlled the puck in the offensive zone on a delayed penalty, and slid a pass through the slot to Pavelski for an open one-timer at 12:48. Just 21 seconds later and with the Sharks on a power play, Pavelski skillfully managed to sweep in the rebound of a Dan Boyle shot from one knee to tie the game at 4-4.

Later, with one minute left in the second period, Pavelski got his stick on a Matt Irwin shot in deflecting it past Ben Bishop and giving the Sharks a one-goal lead after 40 minutes. There was no scoring in the third period, as the Sharks (31-12-6, 68 points) picked up their third straight win.

Pavelski leads the Sharks with 25 goals, and has 12 goals and five assists in his last 14 games when he moved on to a line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. He had 22 career two-goal games, but no hat tricks before Saturday.

St. Louis gave the Lightning a 4-2 lead early in the second, blasting in a one-timer on a pass from Teddy Purcell at 2:07 of the middle frame. He scored his first three goals in the first period.

Matt Nieto opened the scoring midway through the first, when his shot hit Radko Gudas in the skate but rebounded right to Nieto’s stick in the circle. It was the rookie’s second straight game with a goal after he had gone 28 in a row without one.

St. Louis tied it at 1-1 about two minutes later with his first of two on the power play, but Patrick Marleau’s shot from the circle with Tommy Wingels providing a screen gave San Jose the lead back at 12:52.

The Sharks won all three games on their East Coast swing, and begin a four-game homestand on Monday. They drew to within nine points of Anaheim, with one game in hand.

In the only other meeting this season, the Sharks beat the Lightning, 5-1 at SAP Center on Nov. 21. 

The Lightning lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2).

Special teams

The Sharks were 1-for-2 on the power play, and allowed two power play goals for the first time since Dec. 3 in Toronto. Tampa Bay was 2-for-4.

In goal

Antti Niemi, who had the night off on Thursday while backup Alex Stalock recorded his first career shutout, made 25 saves on 29 shots. He’s won three of his last four starts, and is 25-10-6.

Bishop was playing in his second career game against the Sharks, taking the loss while allowing five goals on 32 shots. The Vezina Trophy candidate fell to 23-6-4.


San Jose iced its same lineup against Tampa Bay that it did on Thursday in Florida. Marty Havlat (lower body) was taken off of injured reserve on Friday.

The Lightning remain without superstar Steven Stamkos, who is recovering from a broken right tibia suffered in mid-November.

Up next

The Sharks host Calgary on Monday, followed by games against Winnipeg, Minnesota and Los Angeles at SAP Center. The Sharks are home for eight of their final 10 games before the Olympic break.