Lightning beat Sharks 3-2 with Hedman overtime goal

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 1: Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots against Rudolfs Balcers #92 of the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Amalie Arena on February 1, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Image

Victor Hedman scored from the left circle with 2:15 left in overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Hedman's goal came 39 seconds after Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh was called for tripping, but the Sharks' power play was negated when Timo Meier was sent off for embellishment.

Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves.

The Sharks got goals from Rudolfs Balcers and Logan Couture. James Reimer stopped 29 shots.

San Jose went 1-1-2 on what coach Bob Boughner said before the game was the "toughest trip of the year." The Sharks won at Washington, lost in overtime to Florida, and had a one-goal loss against Carolina.

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Couture ended an eight-game goal drought, scoring from the slot to make it 2-2 on the power play at 1:12 of the third by re-directing Brent Burns' blue-line pass.

Reimer turned aside a pair of close-range rebounds by Cirelli, defenseman Jaycob Megna positioned in the low slot blocked Taylor Raddysh's shot, and Victor Hedman hit the crossbar as Tampa Bay surged after the third period's midway point.

Killorn put Tampa Bay up 2-1 during a power play with 1:52 left in the second. He knocked down a deflected pass from Steven Stamkos and scored from in close.

Cirelli opened the scoring 1:32 into the second when skated down the slot and scored off a nifty pass from Brayden Point.

Balcers tied at 1 on a redirection of Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot at 4:50 of the second.

Both goalies had a save on a breakaway about 30 second apart midway through the second. Vasilevskiy stopped Couture, while Reimer stymied Mathieu Joseph.

RAPID RECOVERY

Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro, who underwent 2 1/2 hours of dental surgery Sunday after being hit by a puck in Saturday night’s game at Florida, played after missing one game.

Ferraro said Tuesday he lost one tooth, had two more bent backward and had work done on his upper mouth. He flew with the team from Florida for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

"It was a tough 12 hours," Ferraro said. "That was the hardest part. I’m just thankful that I am where I am right now."

Boughner called Ferraro’s return an "inspiration" and "pretty amazing."

TRAINER’S ROOM

Defenseman Jacob Middleton (concussion, 11 games) played.

Lightning: Right wing Nikita Kucherov (COVID-19 protocols) resumed practicing, but missed his third consecutive game.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Host Edmonton on Feb. 14.

Lightning: Play Feb. 10 at Colorado.

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