San Jose at Tampa Bay

Sharks 3, Lightning 0 wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Boucher credits his teammates for his perfect start.

The backup goalie made 22 saves for his second shutout this season and the San Jose Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on Saturday night.

"Right now, it's been two wins and two shutouts, but I wouldn't look too much into it," Boucher said. "It's more of a byproduct of the guys playing well."

Boucher turned aside 21 shots in his first game of the season in San Jose's 1-0 win over the Los Angles Kings on Oct. 12.

"We didn't give them a chance to get going," Boucher said. "When you play offense in their end the amount of minutes that we did, that's the best defense you can have. It keeps their guys on the ice, and gives them nothing offensively."

Marcel Goc, Ryane Clowe and Devin Setoguchi scored for the Sharks, who have opened the season by winning seven of nine.

Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith stopped 42 shots. The Lightning, under new coach Barry Melrose, are 1-3-3.

"It was very embarrassing," Melrose said. "Our goaltending has been great every game. But we've scored 11 goals in seven games. It doesn't take Albert Einstein to figure out that's not enough."

Goc stopped a 22-game goal-scoring drought to put San Jose up 1-0 from the top of the left circle at 7:57 of the second. Former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle, playing in Tampa for the first time since an offseason trade to San Jose, had the assist.

Boyle and teammate Brad Lukowich were members of Tampa Bay's only Stanley Cup championship team in 2004. Both received a warm ovation from the Tampa Bay fans.

"It meant a lot to me and Luk," Boyle said. "A pretty emotional game. Leaving here without the win would have been (bad). Plus, we have a five-hour flight home."

The Lightning nearly tied it later in the second, but Martin St. Louis' shot during a power play hit the crossbar. Boucher also made a nice save on a slot shot by Vinny Prospal.

Clowe made it 2-0 on a power-play goal with 2 minutes left in the second when he redirected Christian Ehrhoff's blue-line shot. Setoguchi gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead with 3:32 remaining in the third.

Smith stopped 16 shots in a scoreless first, including a sliding save on an in-close rebound by Milan Michalek late in the period. The Lightning got nine shots, including two by 2008 first overall draft pick Steven Stamkos over the stretch.

"To come out of the first period 0-0 and not take advantage of it is very disappointing," Melrose said. "We've got to figure out what's going on with this team."

Stamkos is still looking for his first NHL point after playing in seven games.


Boyle got the game puck and gave it to Boucher. "He deserved that puck," Boyle said. ... San Jose C Joe Thornton, bothered by a sore groin muscle, had an assist. ... Lightning RW Radim Vrbata (groin) didn't play. ... Tampa Bay D Marek Malik, signed to a one-year contract Thursday, made his Tampa Bay debut. ... Goc's goal was his first since Feb. 18 against the New York Islanders. ... Former Lightning GM Jay Feaster was at the game.
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San Jose  (7-2-0) «0213
Tampa Bay (1-3-3)0000
Three Stars
M. Smith

Saves: 42
Save Pct.: .933
B. Boucher

Saves: 22
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Boyle

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
07:57Marcel Goc (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Boyle, Grier
18:00Power Play - Ryane Clowe (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Ehrhoff, Pavelski
16:28Devin Setoguchi (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Thornton, Blake
Penalty Summary
11:40Malone, 5 min, Fighting
11:40Clowe, 5 min, Fighting
48.0Ranger, 2 min, Hooking
12:59Vlasic, 2 min, Tripping
13:51Ranger, 2 min, Slashing
16:09Malik, 2 min, Interference
18:34Ehrhoff, 2 min, Holding
03:42Ranger, 2 min, Holding
13:55Ward, 2 min, Holding the Stick
19:49Gratton, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
San Jose16131645
Tampa Bay97622
Brian Boucher59:57220
Mike Smith60:00423
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
San Jose1-for-2
Tampa Bay0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 16831
Referees - Tim Peel, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Mark Pare, Brian Mach
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StL 4
Car 4 Final
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Pho 1
LA 4 Final
Nash 5
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Colo 2
Edm 3 Final
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Mon 4
Wash 6 Final
Dal 5
Ott 2 Final
Tor 3
NJ 2 Final
Phi 3
Det 6 Final
Chi 5
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Bos 5
Pitt 2 Final
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Min 2