NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, April 8th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, Pittsburgh 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Sean Burke posted his 37th career shutout as Tampa Bay downed Pittsburgh, 1-0, at the St. Pete Times Forum, where the Lightning set a franchise record for consecutive home victories with eight.
"I've got to be honest, I really didn't think about a shutout at all tonight," Burke said. "The game was too tight. It wasn't like it was a three or four to nothing game, and you're saying, 'ok, I'm going to try to pitch a shutout tonight.' It was just too tight, and there was no time to start focusing on anything other than each play as it came around."
Vincent Lecavalier scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who won their third straight game, and Vaclav Prospal and Cory Sarich assisted the tally.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for the Penguins, who have dropped three of four.
With Montreal's 3-2 loss to New Jersey earlier on Saturday, Tampa Bay is now tied with the Canadiens for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
Also, Atlanta beat Carolina 5-2 earlier Saturday, and still sits six points behind the two teams for the final playoff spot.
Lecavalier scored his 35th goal of the season on a backhander just above the crease glove side after a wraparound pass from Prospal just 51 seconds into the second period to account for the game's only goal.
Burke made it stand by stopping 12 shots in the third period en route to the win. He also held his ground on two Pittsburgh power plays in the third.
Pittsburgh rookie center Sidney Crosby left the game after two shifts in the second period with a lower body injury, and returned briefly in the third period.
Crosby had his four-game goal-scoring streak come to an end, as he returned to the ice with 15:37 left in the game and played five shifts.
"Crosby's a big part of our offense, but I believe that we played a hard game considering we played a hard game yesterday and 24 hours later we're playing a team that is competing for the playoffs, and they're the Stanley Cup Champions," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said.
The previous Tampa Bay franchise record for home wins was established in 2004.
Tampa will visit Florida on Sunday, and Pittsburgh will visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay is 4-0 against Pittsburgh this season and has won eight straight meetings overall...The Pens have lost in four consecutive trips to Tampa....Tampa Bay finished 0-for-6 on the power play while Pittsburgh failed on three man advantages.
04/09 01:33:44 ET