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Lightning look to follow up win vs. Sharks

Oct 25, 2008 - 10:45 AM 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 17-year history.

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.






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    Sharks 3, Lightning 0  FinalOct 25 11:05 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 2 1 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 5 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 16:28
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    Oct 25 9:58 PM


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    SAN JOSE 3
    TAMPA BAY 0
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 5 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 16:28

    Sharks 3, Lightning 0  3rd - 3:32Oct 25 9:49 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 2 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57
    SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 16

    Oct 25 9:05 PM


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    SAN JOSE 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 3 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE PAVELSKI)
    18:00

    Sharks 2, Lightning 0  2nd - 2:00Oct 25 9:02 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    2ND PRD: SAN - MARCEL GOC 1 (DAN BOYLE, MIKE GRIER) 7:57

    Sharks 1, Lightning 0  2nd - 12:03Oct 25 8:45 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 16 16
    TAM 9 9
    GOALIES: SAN - BRIAN BOUCHER
    TAM - MIKE SMITH

    Oct 25 8:12 PM