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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) celebrates after scoring a objective in opposition to the San Jose Sharks.(Photo: John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — NHL scoring chief Steven Stamkos wants solely to look throughout the dressing room to maintain monitor of his closest competitor. That can be Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Nikita Kucherov, two factors behind.

“We don’t think about it that way,” Stamkos stated. “It’s a treat to play with him. Vlady, too. I know he flies under the radar but he’s a huge part of our line.”

Vladislav Namestnikov had two targets, Kucherov scored his 15th of the season and the Lightning ended San Jose’s four-game successful streak by beating the Sharks 5-1 on Wednesday evening.

Jake Dotchin received his first profession objective and Slater Koekkoek additionally scored for the Lightning (12-2-2), who lead the NHL standings with 26 factors.

“That was a big moment,” Dotchin stated. “That’s something I’ve been looking forward to since Day One of being in the league. Coming on a day we win makes it even better.”

Stamkos had three badists for Tampa Bay. Kucherov added two and Namestnikov had one as all three gamers completed with three factors. Stamkos (28 factors) and Kucherov (26) rank 1-2 within the league in scoring.

“It’s fun,” Stamkos stated. “And we work hard as a line to get better. Vlady is a great player and he makes our line better.”

Joonas Donskoi scored for the Sharks, who allowed 5 targets for the third time this season. They gave up a complete of six throughout their successful streak.

“We didn’t do anything well,” coach Peter DeBoer stated. “When you play an elite team, you’ve got to bring your A game and we didn’t do that across the board.”

Donskoi scored 25 seconds into the sport because the Sharks peppered Andrei Vasilevskiy with a myriad of photographs earlier than Donskoi discovered a gap.

“Yeah, good start,” San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic stated. “Then they scored five goals. That’s not what we wanted. If you miss badignments and leave them alone, they’ll bury them.”

Vasilevskiy was a wall the remainder of the best way, stopping 32 photographs on the evening.

Sharks starter Martin Jones allowed 4 targets on 21 photographs and was pulled after two durations. Aaron Dell stopped eight of 9 photographs within the third.

“Our game tailed off,” San Jose’s Logan Couture stated. “We turned pucks over, didn’t forecheck and they felt comfortable. They had the puck all night. They’re so talented, all four lines, and fast.”

Dotchin joined Tampa Bay’s scoring frenzy halfway by means of the primary after taking a move from Brayden Point. One of the NHL’s prime offensive groups, the Lightning added three targets within the second interval in opposition to the most effective defensive groups within the league.

“That was our best period all year,” Stamkos stated.



Sharks C Joe Pavelski’s subsequent objective shall be his 300th. … Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to the ice after lacking a recreation attributable to a blow to the pinnacle. … Sharks ahead Jannik Hansen was within the lineup after sitting out the earlier six video games. … Kucherov has at the very least one objective and one help in 5 of his previous eight video games. … Point has 9 factors in his final eight video games. … Stamkos had his ninth multi-point recreation of the season.


Lightning: Continue their street journey at Los Angeles on Thursday.

Sharks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

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