Kucherov scores late in the third, Lightning beat Sharks 4-3

Oct 29, 2022, 4:15 AM | Updated: 4:55 pm
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates with left wing Alex Killorn, center, w...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates with left wing Alex Killorn, center, who scored a goal, and center Steven Stamkos (91), right, against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

(AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

              San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto, left, and center Logan Couture battle for the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foote, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Benning, left, reaches for the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Cole Koepke (45), center, and center Ross Colton (79) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson takes a shot to score against the Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn scores a goal against the San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates with left wing Alex Killorn, center, who scored a goal, and center Steven Stamkos (91), right, against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov broke a tie with 56 seconds left and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Saturday.

Brandon Hagel set up Kucherov for a tap-in on a 2-on-1.

“Some big-time players made some big-time plays down the stretch for us,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Victor Hedman, Ross Colton, and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lighting and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

“I think we could even be better, but we were progressing the right way,” Killorn said.

Erik Karlsson scored twice for San Jose, Nico Sturm added a goal and James Reimer made 22 saves.

“I feel a lot better about our team and the direction we’re going in than I did a week ago,” Sharks coach David Quinn said.

A costly mistake leading to the odd-man rush for the winner was something of focus inside the Sharks’ locker room.

“In order to win games in this league, you’re going to have to take some risks,” Karlsson said.

Hedman opened the scoring 32 seconds into the game, and Karlsson tied it 50 seconds later on a blast from the point.

Colton gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 6:16 left in the first period. Sturm tied it with his fifth of the season at 5:36 of the second, and Killorn put the Lightning back in front with 1:19 left in the second.

“It’s been nice just to get some chemistry going,” Colton said.

Killorn scored with under two minutes to go in the second to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead. It was Killorn’s second goal of the season.

Karlsson tied it again on a power play at 4:34 of the third. He has six goals to lead the Sharks.

“(Karlsson’s) a very special player. He’s very important to our team. He’s a leader, especially in the way he plays and that’s what we need. We expect nothing less,” Mario Ferraro said.

100 CLUB:

Quinn remains a victory shy of the century mark.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Continue a six-game homestand against Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Lightning: Begin a four-game homestand against Ottawa on Tuesday night.

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