Niemi sparks Sharks to win over Lightning 

TAMPA, Fla. — Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as the Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday.

Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks, who are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Niemi improved to 5-0-1 against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots. The Lightning are 0-1-1 since their six-game winning streak was snapped.

Shortly after Niemi made a nifty save on Ryan Callahan, Thornton put the Sharks up 1-0 at 5:23 of the second. Thornton tied Bobby Clarke for 42nd place all-time with his 1,210th point.

Kennedy made it 2-0 on a breakaway with 9:23 left in the second. Brent Burns and Niemi assisted on Kennedy’s first goal in 30 games, dating to Jan. 14.

Stamkos cut the Lightning’s deficit to 2-1 on a redirection of Andrej Sustr’s shot 9:35 into the third.

Niemi had three saves on Callahan during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted just over a minute earlier in the third.

San Jose outshot the Lightning 17-9 during a scoreless first period. San Jose had six shots during a power play on Bishop, who also stopped an in-close chance by Joe Pavelski.

NOTES: Stamkos, who broke his right leg one year ago, didn’t take part in the morning skate. ... Thornton played in his 1,225th NHL game, which is one away from tying Ed Westfall for 90th place all time. ... Thornton has 16 goals and 39 points in 35 games against the Lightning. ... Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson, who left Tuesday’s game at Chicago after being cross-checked in the ribs, played. ... Lightning C Alex Killorn returned after missing four games due to an upper body injury. ... Tampa Bay RW Brett Connolly missed his ninth game because of a lower body injury but could return in the next week.

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