NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, October 29th (All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (7-4-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-5-0), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks attempt to stop their first losing streak of the season tonight as the team continues its road trip with a visit to the St. Pete Times Forum to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Sharks began the season with victories in seven of their first nine games and opened up this current five-game road swing with Monday's 3-0 win at Columbus. San Jose has since dropped back-to-back contests, most recently a 4-3 setback to Nashville on Thursday.
Scott Hartnell scored the tie-breaking goal with 2:29 left to play as the Predators got a measure of revenge for their ousting by the Sharks in last April's Western Conference quarterfinals.
Joe Thornton assisted on all three San Jose goals, which came from Mark Bell, Marek Michalek and Patrick Marleau. Vesa Toskala made 25 saves in the losing effort.
Thornton, who has yet to score a goal this season, is now tied for second among NHL players with 13 assists in 2006-07.
The Sharks will now play in an arena where they haven't enjoyed much success in recent years. San Jose is 0-3-1 in its last four appearances at the St. Pete Times Forum and hasn't won there since an 8-0 drubbing of the Lightning on February 8, 2000.
However, San Jose has won 10 of its last 11 games against Eastern Conference opponents and went 5-0 versus the Southeast Division a year ago, including a 3-1 victory over the Lightning at the Shark Tank.
The teams battled to a 2-2 tie in their most recent meeting in Tampa on October 30, 2004.
The Lightning look to shake off last night's defeat at Carolina which ended the team's three-game win streak. The Hurricanes recorded three goals within a 43-second span in the first period en route to a 6-4 triumph.
Vinny Prospal and Vincent Lecavalier each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who downed Carolina 5-1 Thursday in Tampa. Goaltender Marc Denis allowed four goals on 17 shots before being replaced in the second period by Johan Holmqvist, who ended with 10 saves.
10/29 10:37:47 ET