Lightning stay hot, best Sharks 5-1 on the road

Last Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017

The streaking start to the Tampa Bay Lightning season continued on the west coast Wednesday night. 

  • Lightning stay hot, best Sharks 5-1 on the road
  • Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov scored goals for Bolts
  • Tampa Bay is now 12-2-2 on the season with a NHL-best 26 points

The Lightning got goals from Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1. 

Namestnikov had two goals, Kucherov scored his 15th of the season and the Lightning ended San Jose's four-game winning streak.

Jake Dotchin got his first career goal and Slater Koekkoek also scored for the Lightning (12-2-2), who lead the NHL standings with 26 points.

"That was a big moment," Dotchin said. "That's something I've been looking forward to since Day One of being in the league. Coming on a day we win makes it even better."

League scoring leader Steven Stamkos had three assists for Tampa Bay. Kucherov added two and Namestnikov had one as all three players finished with three points. Stamkos (28 points) and Kucherov (26) rank 1-2 in the league in scoring.

"It's fun," Stamkos said. "And we work hard as a line to get better. Vlady is a great player and he makes our line better."

Meanwhile, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves in goal for Tampa Bay. 

The Lightning play at Los Angeles Thursday night and Sunday night Anaheim. 

Information fom the Associated Press was used in this report.