Event Name: San Jose Sharks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: January 5, 2018
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun being out of the lineup due to injuries only added to the Sharks’ challenge tonight. Just over nine minutes into the first period, Timo Meier passed the puck from top of the right circle to Logan Couture in the left circle. Couture buried it on the short side and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead. On the very next shift, Brent Burns intercepted a clearing attempt by the Lightning and passed it to Captain Joe Pavelski low to the right of the goalie. Pavelski one-timed a shot on the short side and gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead. Before the period was over, Tampa Bay caught up to the Sharks on a bad change. Steven Stamkos carried the puck deep on the right boards and passed it to Victor Hedman racing down the slot for a one time shot beating Martin Jones to his right and cut the Sharks lead to just one.
Just four minutes into the second period, while the Sharks were on a power play, Burns made a pass from the left circle to Evander Kane on top of the right circle and he shot a rocket that beat goalie short side, glove hand. On the very next shift the puck bounced over Tim Heed’s stick which ended with the two on zero for the Lightning. Sharks lead once again was cut down to one goal.
Five minutes into the third period, Kane carried the puck over the blue line and faked a shot from top of the left circle. He then took couple of more steps and launched a bullet and whistled by the goalie. Twelve minutes into the third period, Joakim Ryan pinched on the left boards and kept the puck in the zone. He wrapped it around the board to Burns on the right. Burns took a hard shot at the goal which bounced off of goalie’s stick. However, the puck ended up in front of Lukas Radil and he tapped it in the net.
Final Score 5-2 Sharks
Tonight the Sharks led in shots (33-20), takeaways (12-7) and giveaways (9-8) while the Lightning led in hits (18-17) and blocked shots (15-13). Both teams tied in face offs at 50%
3 stars of the game:
First Star: Sharks – Brent Burns
Second Star: Sharks – Evander Kane
Third Star: Sharks – Eric Karlsson
Next Sharks home game is on Monday 1/7/19 against the Los Angeles Kings.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer
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