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Lightning try to halt skid in San Jose

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning aim to snap their first losing streak of the season in the continuation of a four-game road trip out west with Thursday night's clash against the San Jose Sharks.

The Bolts have dropped games to Phoenix and Los Angeles to begin the swing, marking the first time they have lost two straight since April 25-27. This comes on the heels of losing star forward Steven Stamkos indefinitely to a broken right tibia on Nov. 11 in a road loss to Boston.

Tampa Bay won on the road in Montreal and bested Anaheim at home following Stamkos' injury, but lost 6-3 to the Coyotes last Saturday. The Lightning followed up with Tuesday's 5-2 setback to the Kings.

Victor Hedman had a goal and assisted on Valtteri Filppula's marker, while Ben Bishop allowed all five scores on 31 shots.

The defeat spoiled a milestone for Martin St. Louis, who skated in his 1,000th career game. He had an assist, giving him 348 goals and 585 helpers for 933 points in his career.

Despite the losing streak, head coach Jon Cooper is just worried about his club's effort, hoping the wins will come.

"I can't sit here and say our guys didn't try, because we tried," said Cooper. "We've just hit a little bit of a rut, where our goalie was making saves and we were tipping pucks in and the pucks were going in for us, they're not going in for us anymore.

"Everything evens itself out, and I look to see work ethic. They tried, and they did a lot of good things out there tonight, we just didn't get any bounces and it's kind of being going like that for the last couple of games."

Hedman reached 100 career points in Tuesday's loss, while Filppula now has nine goals and 16 points in 21 games with the Lightning. He notched just nine goals and 17 points in 41 contests last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Bolts are slated to end their trip on Saturday in Anaheim, meaning both Bishop and Anders Lindback could see action over the next two nights.

Both have faced the Sharks just once before and in a uniform other than a Lightning sweater.

Bishop gave up four goals on 43 shots faced in a shootout loss while with St. Louis on Nov. 6, 2008, while Lindback halted 25 shots in a victory on Dec. 15, 2010 while with Nashville.

The Sharks look to rebound after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Joe Pavelski scored and Antti Niemi was touched for all five goals on 27 shots.

San Jose had a three-game win streak snapped and finished a five-game road trip 3-1-1 thanks to just their third regulation loss of the season (13-3-5).

"We lacked a lot of energy that was needed to play in this type of game," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.

The Sharks are playing their next five at home and are close to getting forward Brent Burns back the lineup. He has missed the last 13 games with an upper-body injury.

Also, forward Patrick Marleau was able to practice on Wednesday despite being involved in a car accident the previous day.

Niemi is 2-0-1 with a 2.61 goals against average in three lifetime meetings with the Lightning and the Sharks are 6-1-1 in the previous eight encounters overall.

Tampa Bay has lost four straight in San Jose.

11/21 11:18:06 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
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Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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