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NHL: Tampa Bay 5, San Jose 2

Oct. 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM   |   Comments

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- James Wright scored just 30 seconds into the game Thursday and Tampa Bay went on to defeat San Jose 5-2, its first victory over the Sharks in seven seasons.

Steven Stamkos had two goals for the Lightning and Mike Smith, who had been giving up an average of four goals a contest, made 32 saves. It was Smith's first win of the year.

Tampa Bay had dropped five of its first seven games of the season. The Lightning's seven-season losing streak against the Sharks had covered five games.

James Wright, Ryan Malone and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Tampa Bay, which owned a 2-0 lead after one period and had a 3-1 advantage after two.

Evgeni Nabokov took the loss, stopping 20 of 24 shots.

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