Pavelski lights up Lightning


Martin St. Louis tied a Tampa Bay scoring record, it just wasn’t enough to lift the Lightning to a win.

Just two minutes into the second period, St. Louis had matched the club mark with four goals on the game. The Lightning had the lead, but it wouldn’t last.

Joe Pavelski scored three straight goals of his own in the second period to help the San Jose Sharks rally for a 5-4 victory on Saturday.

Pavelski beat goalie Ben Bishop twice in a span of 21 seconds midway through the period, and then added the winner a minute before the intermission.

St. Louis struck three times against goalie Antti Niemi in a span of 7:34 in the first period for his eighth NHL hat trick. His fourth goal early in the second equaled the team mark set by Chris Kontos against Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour and the Chicago Blackhawks in Tampa Bay’s inaugural game on Oct. 7, 1992.

St. Louis scored twice on the power play against a penalty-killing unit that hadn’t allowed a goal in six consecutive games. His four goals were one more than San Jose had allowed in its previous four games combined.

“I did appreciate them, until we were down and the game was over,” St. Louis said. “It’s tough to really be happy about it (when) at the end of the day you lose the game.”

Tampa Bay sustained its fifth straight one-goal loss at home.

“Spotting him with four goals, it’s lucky we won the game,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. “He’s been a great player for a lot of years. He knows what to do when he gets the puck.”

Thornton also reached a milestone, joining Hall of Famer Bobby Hull in 48th place on the NHL career list with 1,170 points with his assist on Pavelski’s winner.

Wild 3, Stars 2 (OT)

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Nate Prosser scored his third career goal at 2:42 of overtime, lifting the hosts over Dallas.

Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 3

In Toronto, James van Riemsdyk scored with 5:33 left in the third period and the Maple Leafs extended their winning streak to four games with a victory over Montreal.

Rangers 4, Senators 1

In Ottawa, Derek Stepan broke a 13-game goal drought and added two assists in New York’s win over the Senators.

Ducks 3, Blues 2

In St. Louis, Ryan Getzlaf scored his 25th goal, and rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves as Anaheim got back to its winning ways with a victory over the Blues.

Jets 3, Oilers 2 (OT)

In Winnipeg, Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba scored his second goal of the game 1:10 into overtime to lift the hosts over Edmonton.

Red Wings 3, Kings 2 (SO)

In Detroit, Tomas Tatar scored and Jimmy Howard stopped all three shots he faced in a shootout, lifting the Red Wings past Los Angeles.

Flyers 6, Islanders 4

In Philadelphia, Michael Raffl scored the go-ahead goal with 4:15 left and the Flyers rallied to beat New York.

Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Alexander Semin scored two goals in the third period to lift the Hurricanes over Florida.

Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

In Buffalo, Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in the shootout, and Columbus extended its winning streak to a team record-tying six games by beating the Sabres.

Coyotes 3, Devils 2

In Glendale, Arizona, Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist, and Phoenix held off New Jersey to give coach Dave Tippett his 450th NHL victory.

Avalanche 5, Predators 4

In Nashville, Nick Holden scored two goals and had an assist for Colorado, which held off the Predators for its fourth straight victory.

Canucks 3, Flames 2 (SO)

In Vancouver, Chris Higgins scored in the fifth round of the shootout of a game marked by a nasty line brawl off the opening faceoff and the Canucks beat Calgary.

All 10 skaters on the ice dropped their gloves 2 seconds into the first period, resulting in eight game misconducts and leaving both teams with short benches the rest of the game.