Evander Kane’s 2 goals not enough as Sharks fall to Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — Two weeks earlier, the Tampa Bay Lightning saw their streak of 16 games with a point come to an end in San Jose.

Saturday night, the Sharks were the ones on the road, and the NHL-leading Lightning had the upper hand, beating the Sharks 6-3 for their sixth win in eight games.

San Jose’s Evander Kane had two goals and teammate Marcus Sorenson also scored.

“I didn’t think the score was super indicative of how the game went,” said Kane, who has four goals in two games against Tampa Bay this season. “I thought we carried the play to be honest for most of the game. But every mistake we made or when we took penalties, they capitalized on those opportunities.”

The Sharks were without All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson, who missed practice Friday and was a late scratch after participating in warm-ups Saturday.

“He’s been dealing with something for a little while here, and he felt that he was going to be able to play through and just couldn’t,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “We’ll see how he feels (Sunday). I don’t have a full report on what is it. We’re not going to risk anything with him.”

DeBoer indicated Karlsson could miss the final two games before the All-Star break.

The Sharks’ Martin Jones stopped 20 shots and saw his eight-game winning streak end.

Steven Stamkos scored twice, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists for Tampa Bay.

Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn, Mathieu Joseph and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for his 20th victory of the season.

Stamkos put the game out of reach with two goals in the third period. He took a pass from Kucherov and scored on a wrist shot high to the stick side at 5:08, and added a power-play goal with a one-timer off a pass from Hedman at 14:15 for his 26th goal of the season. Stamkos reached the 25-goal mark for the ninth time in his career.

Down 2-0, Kane cut the San Jose deficit in half with a power-play goal with 20.1 seconds left in the first period.

The Sharks tied the game on the opening shift of the second period as Kane pounced on his own rebound off the end boards 58 seconds in.

But Gourde answered at 7:29 fo the period and Hedman added a power-play goal about 4½ minutes later.

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