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Three reviews lead to a San Jose goal in win over Lightning

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At first glance, the Lighting stopped the shot. Officials ruled that Patrick Marleau crashed into goaltender Ben Bishop.

But wait. After a review, officials ruled that the puck crossed the line. But still, no goal. There was still the matter of the contract.

But wait. After a second review, officials ruled that it was teammate Braydon Point, not Marleau, who skated into Bishop. And the goal finally counted.

The Lightning never quite seemed to recover from the play, which left them playing from behind for the 10th time in 15 games. The Sharks scored again three minutes later, then coasted to 3-1 victory over the Lightning. Tommy Wingels and Marc-Edoird Vlasic scored for the Sharks.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper, however, said the goal shouldn’t have deflated the Bolts.

“How early in the game was that,” Cooper said.

Rather, Cooper was down over the lethargy of the team.

“Did we have chances to score?” Cooper said. “We probably had more chances than they did. But they played fast, and we navigated our way. We weren’t hungry enough to shoot pucks.”

Anton Stralman scored a goal in the third period for the Lightning.

The Lightning now plays on the road in 12 of its next 17 games, including a game Monday night against the Islanders.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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