Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 37 saves, Lightning throttle Sharks 7-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, Steven Stamkos had two power-play goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 7-1 on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay also got two goals from Tyler Johnson. Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman and Carter Verhaeghe had the other goals, and Killorn added three assists.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 5:16 remaining for the Sharks, who had picked up a point in their previous five road games (4-0-1). Martin Jones was pulled early in the third after allowing four goals on 21 shots.

Vasilevskiy made a nifty pad save on Kevin Labanc, who skated down the slot and took a pass from Joe Thornton 6 minutes into the second.

After tying Stan Mikita, Joe Mullen and Darryl Sittler for 49th place on the NHL power-play list on his first goal with 27 seconds to go in the second, Stamkos then tied Glenn Anderson for 48th with his 151st career man-advantage goal in the third.

The Lightning converted two of four chances with the man advantage.

Johnson opened the scoring 3:10 into the game. The Lightning didn’t allow a goal during three short-handed situations in the opening 10 minutes of play.

San Jose is 0 for 23, including four opportunities Saturday, on the power play over its last 10 games.

Killorn got a loose puck and scored an in-close goal to make it 2-0 at 12:29 of the second.

Hedman, Johnson and Verhaeghe also had third-period goals. It was Verhaeghe’s first NHL goal.

NOTES: Stamkos stopped a six-game goal drought. … Jones lost for just the third time in last 13 starts. … Thornton has not scored a goal in his last 40 games. He is three away from becoming the 12th player to appear in 1,600 NHL games. … Hedman has a goal in three straight games. … Tampa Bay RW Nikita Kucherov had his seven-game point streak (four goals, 13 points) end.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Play the third of four straight road games Sunday night at Florida.

Lightning: Host the New York Islanders on Monday night.