Photos by Guri Dhaliwal (Martinez News-Gazette)
The Lightning won 3-0, sending the Sharks to their fifth loss in six games.
The game was compounded with a questionable first period hit by Kevin Shattenkirk on Sharks center Joel Kellman, in nearly the same spot on the ice. Kellman was injured on the play, as he too fell awkwardly into the boards following the collision. Brayden Point also appeared to slew-foot Erik Karlsson on a play in the third period.
Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner was asked whether he was satisfied with the response of his team in a chippy game.
“The game’s changed a little bit now,” Boughner said. “Of course you’d like to … I thought we did a decent job of being physical and hitting and finishing our hits too, and it’s a physical game. You don’t want any liberties taken on your players, or cheap shots.
“We do a good job of sticking up for ourselves and getting in there as a group of five. Not too overly concerned about our response to any of that.”