NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh |
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina and Cory Stillman each scored
two goals with an assist in Tampa Bay's 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh at the
Fredik Modin and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist for the
Lightning, who have won three straight games. Brad Richards added three
helpers and John Grahame made 20 saves for Tampa Bay, which won in Pittsburgh
for just the second time in nine trips (2-6-1). Dan Boyle had two assists.
Dick Tarnstrom and Josef Melichar scored for the Penguins, who have lost
a franchise record eight in a row at home and seven straight overall.
Aleksey Morozov assisted on both Pittsburgh goals. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33
saves in defeat.
The game was tied after two periods, but the Lightning scored four times in
the final stanza for the win.
"We had an unbelievable road trip." said Kubina about his team's recent road
performance, in which Tampa Bay has won seven of its last nine away from home.
Stillman snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 6:12 of the third period,
backhanding a rebound into an open net.
Tampa Bay opened a two-goal lead less than three minutes later. Richards
picked up his third assist of the game with a pass to the slot for Modin, who
beat Fleury with a blistering slap shot at 9:03.
Pittsburgh's Brian Holzinger fired high and wide of the net on the game's
second penalty shot at the 12:00 mark of the third period after a Tampa
defenseman threw his stick with Holzinger going in alone on Grahame.
"I just shot it over the net," Holzinger said on his free attempt.
St. Louis, who extended his points streak to seven games, scored shorthanded
into an empty net at 16:40 and Stillman finished the scoring in the final
The Lightning, trailing 1-0, began the second period on a 5-on-3 power play
and took the lead on a pair of goals by Kubina. Richards set up the first
tally with a pass from the corner to Kubina, who one-timed a shot from the top
of the right circle inside the far post just 31 seconds into the frame.
Still with a one-man advantage, Kubina redirected a pass from Richards into
the open side of the net from the right post at 1:25 of the second period.
Richards, stationed in the left circle, spotted Kubina moving in from the
point and sent a perfect pass across the slot.
Fleury sprawled to make a save on Boyle's penalty shot at 8:37 of the
middle stanza to keep the Penguins' deficit at one.
"I thought [Fleury] was tremendous. Tremendous," Penguins head coach Ed Olczyk
said. "They had some real good opportunities early in the game. He weathered
the storm and gave us an opportunity."
The Penguins tied the game on Melichar's first career goal. Konstantin Koltsov
set up the score with a pass out of the right wing corner to Melichar, who
beat Grahame high to the glove side with a wrist shot from the top of the
Pittsburgh was outshot, 14-5, in the opening but Tarnstrom scored on a power
play to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 16:33.
Tampa Bay finished 3-for-6 on the power play, while the Penguins ended 1-for-2
with the extra skater...St. Louis has eight goals and six assists during his
current scoring streak...The game was the first in the NHL in more than two
seasons with multiple penalty shots...Melichar ended a 136-game scoreless
streak, the longest in Penguins' history at the start of a career...Defenseman
Darryl Sydor, acquired by Tampa Bay earlier in the day from Columbus, did not
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