The battle between the Sharks and Lightning didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Tampa Bay was handed a 7-2 defeat on Wednesday at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks were a -185 favorite in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 5.5.
Logan Couture (2), Patrick Marleau, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins, and Benn Ferriero each scored for the Sharks in the victory. Ferriero opened the scoring for San Jose, finding the back of the net at 3:26 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.
Antti Niemi turned in a 22-save effort for the Sharks.
Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore scored for the Lightning, finding the net behind Antti Niemi.
Tampa Bay got a 31-stop effort from Dwayne Roloson in the loss.
San Jose scored 2 times on 4 chances on the power play, while Tampa Bay went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
Tampa Bay lost the shots on goal battle to San Jose by a margin of 43-24.
Next game, San Jose takes its act home to face Los Angeles looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head on the road to face Colorado.