Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning up next: Sharks top Panthers

SUNRISE — Tommy Wingels made up for an early defensive mistake by scoring the winning goal to lift the Sharks over the Panthers 4-2 on Thursday night.

Wingels tried to block a shot from Florida's Jason Demers, but instead the puck deflected off his stick and past goalie Martin Jones to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead 5 minutes into the game.

"Unlucky. I tried to block the shot. I was a little late coming off the bench and sorting it out in the (defensive zone)," Wingels said. "My bad."

Tied at 2 in the third, Wingels gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead after he grabbed the puck off a faceoff and backhanded it past James Reimer.

"A good jump off the faceoff, was able to get some good body position, poked it by the D-man and found a way to bury it," Wingels said. "That was a big goal for us."

Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks. Jones made 22 saves.

Demers scored his first two goals of the season, both in the first period, for the Panthers. Reimer, in his third start in six games, made 25 stops. Jaromir Jagr recorded an assist.

Couture added an empty-net goal with 57 seconds left to make it 4-2.

The Sharks have won the first two games on a six-game trip, which takes them to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning on Saturday night.

"On a long road trip you want to pile up as many wins in a row as you can. Certainly, a good start for us," Wingels said.

The Sharks came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first.

Trailing 2-0, Burns skated in from the left side on Reimer and shoved in the puck in with 3:42 left in the first to make the score 2-1.

"It was a tough start. A couple of weird bounces and you're in the hole two," Burns said. "Kind of a lucky block. Got past the guy and didn't really aim it. Just hope it goes in."

Pavelski tied the score 2-all 1:53 into the second. He picked off the puck when Florida's Alex Petrovic tried to clear from the sideboards, and his shot from low in the left circle went over the shoulder of Reimer on the glove side.

"You expect they're going to up their effort, and I thought we matched it," Reimer said. "It was a good hockey game. Unfortunately, we fell short."

The Panthers fells to 4-3 when leading after one period.

"It's been a trend since early in the year, and we've got to fix it soon. It's embarrassing," Demers said. "We let off the gas and let teams back in the games."

NOTES: Jones has started 10 consecutive games for the Sharks. … Pavelski leads the Sharks with 14 points.

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