St. Louis' overtime goal lifts Bolts to wild 6-5 win

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 4:27 into overtime, Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists in his 300th NHL game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday night. 

St. Louis got the winner from close range off a pass from Victor Hedman.

Stamkos has 158 goals and 298 points overall. Teddy Purcell and Steve Downie had the other Tampa Bay goals.

"That's the word that came to mind for me is character," said Lightning head coach Guy Boucher.   "Character, character, character. I think our fans keep coming to the games because they know we fight. For us, it's not about how many times we fall, it's about what happens to us, it's about how we react to it. It was like that last year; it's like that this year. We're fighting. We've lost some soldiers, some people that we respect, people that have given us everything they've got. Hockey people say it's a business, but I've never saw it that way–that's not the way I coach, that's not me. I'm a coach and I strongly believe it's about relationships. We have strong relationships with the individuals that were mentioned today in the trade."

""When the puck drops, you gotta go play," said Lightning wing Marty St. Louis.   "At the end of the day, we're still going to fight, regardless of what's going on around us–you have to. There's 26 games left, that's like a third of the season. There's plenty of time. You start winning games, you never know. If we throw in the towel because of what's going on around us it would be a pretty miserable last two months."

The Pacific Division-leading Sharks got goals from Logan Couture, Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Colin White and Tommy Wingels, who got San Jose even at 5 during a 2-on-1 with 5:10 remaining in the third.

Stamkos made it 4-4 on his league-leading 39th goal from the slot 2:44 into the third. St. Louis gave the Lightning a 5-4 lead when his shot from along the goal-line went off a San Jose defender and past goalie Antti Niemi.

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Associated Press

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