SAN JOSE (AP) — Patrick Marleau ended San Jose’s long scoring drought with two first-period goals, and the Sharks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
The Sharks, coming off shutout losses at Minnesota and St. Louis, had gone 156 minutes, 59 seconds without scoring before Marleau beat Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith with a short-handed goal at 12:16. He scored again 3:10 later.
Dany Heatley, John McCarthy and Logan Couture also had goals for San Jose (6-5-1), which played for the first time this season without leading scorer Joe Thornton, who received a two-game suspension from the NHL.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay (7-4-2), which lost for the second time in three nights to end its four-game Western road trip.
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