TAMPA, Fla. – Matt Nieto and Joel Ward both had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who are 7-2-2 over their last 11 games. Martin Jones improved to 11-2-1 in his last 14 decisions after making 28 saves.
The Lightning, losers in four of their last five games, got goals from Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette.
Steven Stamkos was pointless in the Lightning's first game since general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday that the team captain won't be moved before this month's trade deadline. Stamkos, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is in the final year of a deal that pays him about $5.5 million this season. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
San Jose took a 3-2 lead 1:17 into the third when Nieto beat Ben Bishop from in-close after taking a backhand pass from Patrick Marleau.
Karlsson made it 4-2 with 1:43 to play.
After Pavelski gave San Jose a 2-1 advantage on his team-best 26th goal at 6:34 of the second, Paquette got the equalizer 2:12 later with his first goal in 22 games.
Callahan skated down the slot and scored off a pass from Alex Killorn to open the scoring at 17:51 of the first. Callahan's sixth goal this season stopped an 18-game drought and was just his second in his last 42 games.
Ward tied it at 1 1:43 into the second. Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted on the goal and extended his team defenseman consecutive game assist streak to eight games.
NOTES: Pavelski ended a six-game goal drought. ... Marleau played in his 1,384th NHL game, which ties him for 39th place with Larry Robinson. Teammates Joe Thornton (1,340 games) and Dainius Zubrus (1,268 games) are in 51st and 72nd place, respectively. ... Thornton has a six-game point streak after getting two assists. He has 26 assists and 42 points in 38 games against Tampa Bay... Lightning D Matt Carle played in his 700th NHL game.