Game 13: Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE CA - NOVEMBER 6: Steven Stamkos #91of the Tampa Bay Lightning breaks away with the puck against the San Jose Sharks 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)

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in the final game of their West Coast road trip.

This might've been a much closer game, had Antero Niittymaki not started in net for the Sharks. And we all know about his infamous record against Southeast Division teams. Niitty was his typical stellar self, as Lightning fans are well aware of, after watching him play for Tampa Bay last season.

The Lightning again let another shorthanded goal get in. This one was by Patrick Marleau halfway through the first period. I'm not sure if it's a case that our defense isn't mobile enough, or are out of position too much to catch these guys.

It might also be a case of where having one true defenseman on the power play might be hampering the defensive effort. In which case, the forwards need to tighten up a bit more in the offensive zone. Or, at the very least, make better passes so that they don't get picked off.

Vincent Lecavalier had a great game, and he picked up his play in the third even more. He won 57% of his faceoffs, had five shots on goal, assisted on both Lightning goals, and two hits. Sure, he didn't score himself - and he seriously tried - but he was facing Niittymaki, remember?

Steven Stamkos also had a great game. His stats were similar to Lecavalier's: he won 54% of his faceoffs, had six shots on goal, scored a goal and had an assist. His goal was the classic one-timer from the right faceoff circle. Frankly, if you've seen one Stamkos goal, you've pretty much seen them all at this point - with few exceptions.

Mike Smith played very well, for the most part. He had a few shaky moments here and there, and without a lot of defensive support to help him out. But, generally speaking - despite the five goals against - he had a pretty good game.

The Lightning finished their road trip with a record of one win, two losses in regulation, and one overtime loss, by the way.

The next game is Tuesday, 9 November, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's also Military Night at the St. Pete Times Forum, so come out and support not only the Lightning but the troops as well. Game time is 7:30 pm Eastern, and the Raw Charge game thread will open up 30 minutes before the game. So if you're not at the game, come join us!

Lightning vs Sharks coverage [SB Nation]

Fear The Fin [SB Nation San Jose Sharks site]

Lightning vs Sharks recap [TSN]

Lightning vs Sharks boxscore [TSN]

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Raw Charge

You must be a member of Raw Charge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raw Charge. You should read them.

Join Raw Charge

You must be a member of Raw Charge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raw Charge. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.