Sharks run snapped by Lightning
San Jose Sharks (8-6-0) 1-5 Tampa Bay Lightning (12-2-2)
It is still relatively early in the 2017/18 NHL season, but there’s been plenty of good hockey to digest and enjoy. The San Jose Sharks were gaining momentum in the Western Conference. The Sharks were on a four-game run of wins looked forward to the arrival of the exquisite Tampa Bay Lightning.
Few teams in the NHL are able to be able to cope with the top-line of; Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Steven Stamkos. Each of whom had three points in the Lightning’s impressive 5-1 win.
The Sharks opened the scoring in the first period through Joonas Donskoi from Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski with just 25 seconds played. Tampa Bay settled into the game on a powerplay and tied the game through Jake Dotchin’s first goal of his career. From there it was all down-hill for the Sharks. Kucherov and Koekkoek put Tampa Bay 3-1 ahead before two goals from Namestnikov put the game beyond doubt. Kucherov’s 15th goal of the season sees him lead the league, two ahead of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
Stamkos (28) and Kucherov (26) lead the league in scoring. Both players look like they’re enjoying their time on the ice and that seems to be emanating from the rest of the team.
Sharks have work to do
San Jose are 5-4-0 at home. The Shark Tank needs to become a little more watertight if San Jose’s season is to remain on track. The Canucks, with an away record of 5-1-0, are two points ahead of the Sharks and are the next team to visit the SAP Centre this Sunday.
Lightning keep on striking
Tampa Bay’s fine 12-2-2 record and 26 points through 16 games are the best in franchise history. The Bolts are setting the tempo but they face a tough test when they visit the LA Kings (11-2-2) tonight. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is in fine form, but his impressive save percentage of .937 will be under threat. Quick is 9-2-0 on the season and has had two shutouts. The Kings are second in the Western and third overall in the league, just two points behind the Lightning. The Lightning have won three of the last four meetings. This matchup is arguably the game of the week.
San Jose’s Joe Pavelski’s next goal will be his 300th.
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