"We're just not playing the full 60 minutes," Boyle said. "We're making some mistakes and they're costing us goals."
Wright's first goal -- in the eighth game of his rookie season -- came from the low slot off a pass from Martin St. Louis just 30 seconds into the game. St. Louis has started the season with a point in eight consecutive, picking up nine assists and 12 points over the stretch.
"He's a breath of fresh air," Tocchet said of Wright. "He's a 19-year old that does what you ask."
Malone made it 2-0 when he redirected David Hale's shot for his seventh goal this season with 4:59 left in the first.
"Once again our start isn't the way it should be, so as a coach I'll have some questions to ask some of the leaders," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We'll be looking for some answers."
The Sharks rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Rangers 7-3 on Monday night.
San Jose got to 2-1 on Vesce's goal from in-close at 12:34 of the second. He has a goal in three straight games.
Tampa Bay went ahead 3-1 with 3:21 to go in the second on Stamkos' fifth goal of the season. Meszaros extended Tampa Bay's advantage to three goals early in the third.
Boyle scored a power-play goal with 6:19 remaining in the third.
Stamkos had an empty-netter during the final minute.
Vincent Lecavalier's goal-scoring drought reached 15 consecutive games, dating to March 17. The Lightning captain did get his seventh assist on Wright's goal.
San Jose won both games against Tampa Bay last season, outscoring the Lightning 10-1. This was the lone game between the teams this season. ... Stamkos has four goals and six points over the past four games. ... Sharks D Jason Demers assisted on Vesce's goal and has five assists in his last three games. ... Sharks C Joe Thornton tied San Jose GM Doug Wilson and Dave Keon for 74th on the career assists list (590) when he assisted on Boyle's goal.
Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press
Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Jean Morin
Attendance: 13,343 (67.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
James Wright (1)
Assists: Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier
Ryan Malone (7)
Assists: David Hale, Steve Downie
Ryan Vesce (3)
Assists: Kent Huskins, Jason Demers
Steven Stamkos (5)
Andrej Meszaros (2)
Assists: Todd Fedoruk, Stephane Veilleux
Dan Boyle (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau
Steven Stamkos (6)
(Empty Net) Assist: Alex Tanguay