Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks: Fins Feed off 7-2 Lightning Loss

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 6:  Torrey Mitchell #17 of the San Jose Sharks shoots on goal in front off Brett Clark #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on November 6, 2010 in San Jose, California. The Sharks won the game 5-2.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday at the Shark Tank, 7-2. 

San Jose got goals from Benn Ferriero, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins, Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and two from Logan Couture.

We saw some really good things for the Sharks in Wednesday night's game, which could have been the turning point to their inconsistent season thus far.

For starters, the Sharks outplayed a team at home.  They have had some struggles on the bay so far, but the win last night showed otherwise.

The Sharks also got some nice secondary scoring Wednesday.  Ferriero, who got called up from Worcester, contributed with his second goal of the season, and Andrew Murray made a nice pass to Desjardins for a wraparound goal.

San Jose dominated the Lightning throughout the entire first period, outscoring them five goals to one.

Despite not scoring in the second, the Sharks didn't allow Tampa to score either.

In the third period, the Sharks finally kept their foot on the gas, outscoring the Lightning two to one.  The team played strong hockey throughout, like they are expected to do.

Also, the Sharks finally had a strong game with special teams.  They went two for four on the power play.  And even better, they were perfect on the penalty kill. 

The penalty kill has been giving San Jose trouble all year, and the Sharks killed off five penalties— including a double minor—without letting Tampa Bay score on the power play.

Whatever the Sharks did last night, it sure worked.  If they can play like that for the rest of the season, San Jose will be hugely successful.