Tampa Bay (22-19-3) at San Jose (20-17-5) 8:00 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After playing once at home last
week, the Tampa Bay Lightning open their second four-game road
trip of the month Monday when they visit the San Jose Sharks.
Tampa Bay went 2-2 on its last journey before coming back to
post a 4-2 victory over Columbus last Friday. It was the
Lightning's fourth win in 12 outings. Reigning Hart Trophy
winner Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist and Ruslan
Fedotenko scored his first tally in nine games to give coach
John Tortorella a franchise-record 143rd victory.
If the season ended Monday, the defending Stanley Cup champions
would not qualify for the playoffs. The Lightning are two
points behind New Jersey for eighth place in the Eastern
San Jose came up short in its bid for a second six-game winning
streak this season, falling to Montreal, 6-2, on Saturday.
Joe Thornton, who has led the Sharks to 12 wins in 18 games
since he was acquired from Boston on November 30, scored his
15th goal and is the league's fourth-leading scorer with 61
The teams skated to a 2-2 tie in their most recent encounter on
October 30, 2003. Tampa Bay has a 6-3-1 mark at San Jose.