Andreychuk Nets 250th Power-Play Goal

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Dave Andreychuk set an NHL record by scoring his 250th career power-play goal Friday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2.

"I was not real nervous about it, but after I got it, I was nervous for some reason," Andreychuk said. "I was more excited after it happened. Leading up to it, you've got to try and stay as focused as you can. Believe me, inside I'm pretty happy right now."

Andreychuk was tied for the record with Phil Esposito, a radio broadcaster for the Lightning. Esposito was watching from the press box when the goal was scored.

"I think it's great," Esposito said. "He pays the price. That's why he gets the power-play goals. That one there, he stood in front of the net and no one could move him out. When a guy can do that, he's going to score."

Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin St. Louis and Alexander Svitov also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who are 7-0-0-1 on home ice.

"I'm glad the team won so we can enjoy it," Andreychuk said. "It wouldn't have been the same experience if we had lost the game. It's a night I'm going to remember for a while."

Andreychuk needs one more goal to become the 14th NHL player to reach 600.

"Going into 500, I was really nervous," Andreychuk said. "I don't feel nervous. If you're going to get it, you'll get it. There's a lot of hockey left this year, so hopefully I can get another one."

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