Dell, Couture Key Sharks in Second Win in as Many Days, San Jose Beats Tampa Bay 2-1

January 20, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell deflects a shot on goal by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Jose Sharks picked up their fourth point in half as many days Thursday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at home after topping the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in Southern California on Wednesday. Aaron Dell earned First Star honors after making 24 saves while Ryan Carpenter and Logan Couture scored for San Jose. Jonathan Drouin netted the Bolts lone tally.

The Sharks looked jetlagged in the first, throwing just 7 shots on Tampa netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, but Ryan Carpenter changed the Sharks fortunes in the 2nd period. The rookie, playing in his second game since a call-up last week, beat Vasilevskiy after his wrist shot deflect off Vladislav Namestnikov’s shin pad 5:01 into the period. Paul Martin and Brent Burns picked up the assists on Carpenter’s second goal of the season.

Tampa Bay would answer back after Jonathan Drouin’s individual effort on the power play 1:50 later into the period. Drouin took the loose puck in the neutral zone, slid it to his backhand and worked his way around Mikkel Boedker into the Sharks zone. From there he work down the right wing, driving the net before pulling the puck back to his forehand while crossing the crease. From there, it was an easy tap in for the 14th goal of Drouin’s season and a 1-1 tie.

Logan Couture, absent from the lineup Wednesday in LA with an illness, made an impact in his return to the ice. The Sharks center scored the game-winning goal just 22 seconds into the third period, pulling out of a scrum along the boards to find the puck in the slot, beating Vasilevskiy five-hole for his 15th goal of the season. Joonas Donskoi, returning to the ice after missing the previous 4 games with an upper body injury, picked up an assist in his first game back. Rookie Kevin Labanc also collected a helper on the play.

Dell sealed the deal, turning aside a bid by Valterri Filpula that was labeled for the back of the net. The Sharks D corps also stood tall in the third period, allowing only five shots to the visitors in their lone visit to Northern California.

The Sharks welcome Matt Nieto and the Colorado Avalanche to the Shark Tank Saturday night. The last-place Avs lost in Anaheim after appearing on the verge of an upset following a 4-shot first period. The Ducks scored two goals in the third period to add to Colorado’s struggles.

 

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