One night after missing a game in LA with the flu, Logan Couture scored the game-winning goal at home as the Sharks (28–16–2) beat the Lightning (21–21–5) by a score of 2–1. Ryan Carpenter scored the other goal for San Jose and Aaron Dell made 24 saves for his fifth win and the Sharks’ third in a row.
With the score tied after two periods on goals by Carpenter and Jonathan Drouin, it took only 22 seconds for Couture to give the Sharks the lead in the third.
Dell had a strong game, making some big saves in the third to help the Sharks hold onto the lead.
The Sharks started off a bit slowly, playing their second game in as many nights and fourth game in six days. The first five minutes were all Lightning as Tampa Bay took seven of the game’s first eight shots, but Dell was up to the task until his teammates got going. Though overall shot attempts at the end of the first period were strongly in favor of the Lightning at 23–14, they were even at 12–12 in the final 15 minutes.
The start of the second period was the exact opposite of the first. The Sharks came out of the first intermission in dominant fashion, quickly evening things up on the shot clock before going ahead 1–0 on Carpenter’s second career goal. Joel Ward appeared to tip the puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy, but it deflected off the skate of Nikita Nesterov on its way into the net.
The lead didn’t last long, however. Brenden Dillon was sent off for tripping Brian Boyle just 36 seconds after Carpenter scored, and Drouin made the Sharks look silly with a highlight reel power play goal to tie the game. I don’t normally include GIFs of opposing goals in recaps... but it was a really pretty goal:
From there the Lightning took over the period, peppering Dell with shots for fifteen minutes before Couture gave the Sharks the lead again to start the third.
- Things could’ve fallen apart when Justin Braun took a holding penalty after Drouin scored, but the Sharks held on to make it to the second intermission with the game tied.
- The Sharks didn’t get a chance on the power play till midway through the third period. Brent Burns had a pair of chances with the man advantage, but Vasilevsky kept San Jose off the board.
Fear the Fin’s Three Stars
- Logan Couture
- Aaron Dell
- Ryan Carpenter