Nikita Kucherov scored the tiebreaking goal just inside the final minute as the Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up their three-game road trip in California with a 4-3 victory over the host San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon.
With Brayden Point leading a break and then slipping a cross-ice pass to Brandon Hagel, Kucherov capped off the set of nice feeds by knocking in his third goal at the far post with 57 seconds remaining.
Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and Victor Hedman and Ross Colton scored. Point and Hagel each had two assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy moved to 3-3-0 with 24 saves as the Lightning went 2-1-0 on their trip.
San José’s Erik Karlsson was at even strength and on the power play, and Nico Sturm scored. Tomas Hertl had two assists, while James Reimer made 22 saves.
In the matinee affair, the first meeting between the clubs got off to a quick start with Swedish defenders shooting the puck directly.
Tampa Bay’s Hedman scored his first goal of the season when he took a feed from Point and beat Reimer just 32 seconds into the contest. Karlsson matched his compatriot after a wrong turn by Steven Stamkos by scoring 50 seconds later – both markers coming on the first shot from either side.
But just after the game’s first power play ended, Colton found the net for the second time from the outside near the back post at 13:44 to give the visitors a 2-1 lead that they held after 20 minutes.
Hedman, who left the ice early in the period and went to the locker room, returned later in the frame and went just five shifts in 3:57 of ice time.
In the second, Sharks forward Sturm scored for the second time of the game with his fifth goal. After Luke Kunin, Sturm received a drop pass from the middle and ripped home the tying goal at 5:36.
The Lightning took their third lead when Killorn took a neat pass from Nicholas Paul and scored his second by beating Reimer between the pads from the right circle with 1:19 left in the period.
But on a game-winning layup by Hertl and a pass back from Timo Meier, Karlsson blasted his team-leading sixth marker at 4:34 to tie it at 3.
–Field Level Media