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Tampa Bay 7, San Jose 1
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 22, 2022
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Justin Johnson
Attendance: 14193

Steven Stamkos scored one of Tampa Bay's four goals in the game's opening 12:32 of play as the Lightning hammered the host San Jose Sharks 7-1 on Saturday night.

Stamkos, who also recorded an assist and was credited with the game-winning tally, put the club ahead 2-0 at 7:45 as it poured it on and soon chased starting goalie James Reimer in the teams' first meeting since Feb. 1, 2020.

Alex Killorn found the net and posted a helper, giving him 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) over the past 15 games.

Ross Colton potted a pair, and Mathieu Joseph, Corey Perry and Brayden Point scored. Ryan McDonagh, Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev dished out two assists apiece.

In his first start of 2022, Brian Elliott (4-2-2) was victorious by turning aside 27 of 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which improved to 7-3-0 in January.

In all, 14 players produced points for the Lightning, who are an NHL-best 18-3-0 against Pacific Division foes since the 2019-20 season.

Jaycob Megna netted his first goal, and Reimer (12-8-1) surrendered four markers over a span of 9:15 in the first period. He made nine saves before being replaced by Adin Hill (15 saves on 18 shots).

San Jose played without two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson (upper body), who averages 23 minutes of ice time. The club concluded its run of six games in 12 days with a 2-3-1 mark.

Shortly after the puck dropped, the Lightning showed they had put Friday's 5-1 drubbing in Anaheim completely behind them.

Colton -- who scored the only goal in the defeat in southern California -- beat Reimer at 3:17 to set the tone.

Just 4:28 later, Killorn found Stamkos in the left circle -- his familiar spot -- and the captain whipped home his team-leading 20th goal.

Adding on, Joseph tallied for the seventh time at 11:04 on his squad's ninth shot of the frame.

Perry and Megna traded tallies to end the period, but the visitors held a sizable 4-1 lead.

In the second, Point finished a three-on-two break by ripping his 16th goal 6:24 in for a 5-1 margin.

Killorn scored his 13th on the power play and Colton added his eighth in the final period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Tampa Bay   San Jose
Ross Colton 2 Points Jaycob Megna 1
Ross Colton 2 Goals Jaycob Megna 1
Nikita Kucherov 2 Assists Ryan Merkley 1
Alex Killorn 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Brian Elliott .964 Save Percentage Adin Hill .833
Brian Elliott 27 Saves Adin Hill 15
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 31 7 1-2 2-2 4 31
San Jose 28 1 0-2 1-2 4 20
Upcoming Games
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Sharks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Lightning have a W/L % of .643 after a win and .667 after a loss.