Sharks red hot on the road


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks just keep winning away from home.

Matt Nieto and Joel Ward both had a goal and an assist as the Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Tuesday night.

"It's a good start," said San Jose center Joe Thornton, who had two assists

The Sharks are lights out on the road with a record of 19-8-2, but have a losing record at home.  At SAP Centre the Sharks are just 11-15, with 3 of those losses coming in OT.

The good news is that the Sharks next four games are on the road, beginning Thursday in Sunrise, Florida against the Panthers.

Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks Tuesday against Tampa Bay.  

The Sharks are 7-2-2 over their last 11 games overall. Martin Jones improved to 11-2-1 in his last 14 decisions after making 28 saves.


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. Thornton (1,340 games) and Dainius Zubrus (1,268 games) are in 51st and 72nd place, respectively. ... Thornton has a six-game point streak (six assists, nine points). "For a passer, it's nice when the guys are finishing the way they are," said Thronton, who is 15th on the NHL all-time assist list. He has 26 assists and 42 points in 38 games against Tampa Bay... Lightning D Matt Carle played in his 700th NHL game and was minus-3. ... Brent Burns had nine of San Jose's 31 shots.