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Lightning 2, Sharks 1

March 7, 2001

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Brad Richards scored with 57.4 seconds left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose sharks 2-1 Tuesday night.

Richards put a slap shot past goalie Evgeni Nabokov from the top of the right circle, handing the Sharks their fifth straight loss. The NHL’s leading rookie scorer had his first goal in 13 games.

Tampa Bay goalie Kevin Weekes turned aside 17 shots as the Lightning won for just the third time in 14 games.

The teams traded first-period goals. Alexander Kharitonov put the Lightning up 1-0 at 5:05, before San Jose’s Scott Hannan scored his first goal in 29 games to tie it at 10:15.

San Jose, which owns the league’s top road penalty-killing unit, killed off 13 Lightning power plays. The Sharks failed on their eight man-advantage chances.

Notes: Newly acquired San Jose RW Teemu Selanne will miss approximately two weeks because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. ... Tampa Bay was without left wings Fredrik Modin (groin, hip) and Todd Warriner (groin). Both are day to day.

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