A familiar sight all night long as Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender Adin Hill (33) at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Jan 22, 2022 (AP News photo)
By Mary Walsh
SAN JOSE– The Sharks lost to the Lightning by a score of 7-1 Saturday in San Jose. Steven Stamkos, Ross Colton, Mathieu Joseph, Correy Perry, Brayden Point, and Alex Killorn all scored for Tampa Bay. Brian Elliott made 27 saves for the win. Jaycob Megna scored for San Jose. James Reimer made 9 saves on 13 shots before being replaced by Adin Hill. Hill made 15 saves on 18 shots in the loss.
After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner did not mince words: “We were out-competed and it was men amongst boys. Simple as that. We understand we have a lot of injuries and we’re dealing with some pretty important players out of our lineup.”
Among those important players is defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is out with an upper body injury. There is no timeline for his return yet.
Ross Colton scored first, 3:17 into the game. Colton tried to pass the puck across the ice, but it hit Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s stick, knuckled in the air and went over Reimer’s glove. Ryan McDonagh got an assist.
Steven Stamkos scored next, at 7:45. While Vlasic was clearing Mathieu Joseph away from the net, Stamkos used both of them as screens for a shot into the far top corner. Assists went to Alex Killorn and Cal Foote.
Midway into the second period, Timo Meier put the puck in the net but it was called back for a distinct kicking motion.
Mathieu Joseph scored at 11:04. After skating around Brent Burns, he made a beeline for the net. Reimer stopped his shot but could not control the puck. It slid out from under his pad and over the line. Assists went to Stamkos and Mikhail Sergachev.
Corey Perry made it 4-0 at 12:32. McDonagh dumped the puck in, but it went off of a linesman’s skate and bounced right to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare as he made his way to the net. Reimer stopped his shot but Perry cleaned up the rebound.
The Sharks swapped goaltenders after that goal, replacing Reimer with Hill.
Jaycob Megna scored for San Jose at 16:40. Ryan Merkley swept through the high slot to gather the puck up, then spun and passed it to Megna right on the blue line. Megna sent a hard shot right down the middle through traffic and into the net. Merkley got the assist. It was Megna’s first goal as a Shark and his second in the NHL.
Brayden Point made it 5-1 at 6:24 of the second. Anthony Cirelli got around Merkley in the Lightning zone, creating a two on one of Point and Nikita Kucherov against Megna in the Sharks zone.
Alex Killorn scored at 4:20 of the third period, on a power play. Assists went to Victor Hedman and Kucherov. Ross Colton scored his second of the game 33 seconds later. Assists went to Taylor Raddysh and Mikhail Segachev.
The Sharks had their second power play at 7:24 of the third period. They got four shots on goal. In their first power play of the game, they had no shots. The Lightning had their first and only power play of the game at 3:04 of the third. Their power play had four shots and the goal. The Lightning out-shot the Sharks 15-5 in the first, the Sharks out-shot the Lightning 10-6 in the second and 13-10.
In the face-off circle, the results followed the same pattern, with the Lightning winning the first period by 60% and the third by 67%, while the Sharks won the second period by 57%.
The Sharks next play on Wednesday in D.C. against the Washington Capitals at 4:00 PM PT.