Andreychuk set an NHL record by scoring his 250th career
power-play goal Friday night as the Lightning beat the San Jose
"I was not real nervous about it, but after I got it, I was
nervous for some reason,'' Andreychuk said. "I was more excited
after it happened. Leading up to it, you've got to try and stay as
focused as you can. Believe me, inside I'm pretty happy right
Andreychuk's goal at 9:43 of the first period came when he
redirected a pass from Brad Richards past Sharks goalie Evgeni
Nabokov. San Jose's Mark Smith made the power play possible by
taking an obstruction-hooking penalty.
"I'm glad the team won so we can enjoy it,'' Andreychuk said.
"It wouldn't have been the same experience if we had lost the
game. It's a night I'm going to remember for a while.''
Andreychuk was tied for the record with Phil Esposito, a radio
broadcaster for the Lightning. Esposito was watching from the press
box when the goal was scored.
"I think it's great,'' Esposito said. "He pays the price.
That's why he gets the power-play goals. That one there, he stood
in front of the net and no one could move him out. When a guy can
do that, he's going to score.''
Andreychuk needs one more goal to become the 14th NHL player to
Ruslan Fedotenko scored at 11:14 of the third period and Martin
St. Louis added a goal at 18:07 for the Southeast Division-leading
Lightning, 7-0-0-1 on home ice. Tampa Bay has not appeared in the
playoffs since 1996.
"That's where you win games, in the third period,'' St. Louis
said. "We've been playing well in the third, and that's a big
difference from last year.''
Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 26-16 in the third period.
Patrick Marleau had two goals for San Jose, which has a
five-game winless streak (0-3-1-1). He tied it at 1 at 10:47 of the
first and got the Sharks even again at 2-all with a third-period
power-play goal at 7:03.
"They've been finding ways to win and we've been finding ways
to lose games,'' San Jose's Vincent Damphousse said. "That's
another example tonight. When things go well for a team, they seem
to be scoring the big goals toward the end. That's something we're
The Lightning went up 2-1 at 15:28 of the second period on
Alexander Svitov's first career goal.
Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart made his first appearance of the
season. He ended a holdout earlier this week after signing a
two-year contract, with a guaranteed third-year option, worth
around $5 million.
"I didn't play much, so it's tough to say what kind of shape I
was in,'' Stuart said. "Obviously, I got worked in slow, but it's
a start. Now as a team, we need to start playing better.''
Stuart played 13 shifts, totaling 10 minutes, 6 seconds. He was
not on the ice for any of the goals.
"I thought Stevie was really good for his first game,'' Sharks
coach Darryl Sutter said. "Obviously he's going to play more. He
was pretty focused and worked within the system.''
Andreychuk's parents were at the game. ... Struggling
Lightning D Pavel Kubina, who signed a $4.75 million, two-year
contract during the offseason, was a healthy scratch. ... Lightning
LW Fredrik Modin left with back spasms. He is day-to-day. ...
Sharks RW Matt Bradley missed the game with a groin injury. ...
Tampa Bay D Cory Sarich has gone 150 games without a goal. ... The
Sharks have started an eight-game road trip 0-1-0-1.