Lightning rebound big time, overwhelm Sharks

One night after Steven Stamkos said the Lightning played a first period void of emotion, focus and structure during an uninspired four-goal loss to Anaheim, the team captain predicted a better effort Saturday in San Jose.

Stamkos led the Lightning to a determined start as they jumped on the Sharks quickly, scoring the first four goals in the first 14 minutes en route to a 7-1 victory. Tampa Bay ended its California road trip winning two of three and, overall, has now won seven of its past nine.

In matching their season-high with seven goals, the Lightning were an entirely different team than the one that started sluggishly in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Ducks.

They were fast and fluid Saturday. The Lightning owned the ice from the beginning, were quick to the puck, resilient on the forecheck, dominant in offensive zone play and aggressive in creating offense. They moved the puck efficiently, with none of the sloppy passes that led to turnovers the previous night.

Stamkos had a goal and an assist in the four-goal flurry, putting the Lightning up 2-0 at the 7:44 mark with a wrister from above the left dot.

Less than four minutes later, Stamkos took a puck into the offensive zone after a stretch pass from defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Stamkos led the rush in open ice, put the puck on net and Mathieu Joseph pushed in the rebound for a 3-0 lead with 8:56…

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Eduardo A. Encina

Eduardo A. Encina

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