NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, November 8th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier scored with 2:19 left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their dominance of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-3 win at the Igloo.
After a Penguins point shot went wide, Martin St. Louis grabbed the puck at the left boards and sent a pass to Lecavalier at center ice. Lecavalier skated in all alone, deked to the backhand and lifted the puck past a sprawled out Fleury for the victory.
Dimitry Afanasenkov, Brad Richards and Eric Perrin each scored a goal for the Lightning, who have defeated Pittsburgh for the ninth consecutive game.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight and three of their last four games.
"It was good to come back in the third period," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "We haven't done that often this year."
Nils Ekman recorded his first career hat trick, a natural hat trick in the second period, and Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby each had two assists for the Penguins, who have dropped their last three games.
"I was at the right place at the right time," Ekman said. "All I did was stand in the slot and my teammates shot the puck for me to chip in."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 stops in the losing effort.
The Penguins had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first when Jordan Staal had the puck all alone in the slot, but Holmqvist made a body save on the shot less than four minutes in.
The Lightning, though, took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with an even-strength goal. Nikita Alexeev had the puck at the left point and flicked a shot on net that Afanasenkov deflected past Fleury with 6:02 left in the first.
After Pittsburgh's Dominic Moore was called for hooking, the Tampa power play went to work. St. Louis had the puck at the right point and dished it to Richards down low on the right side. Richards attempted a cross-ice pass, but it hit off a defenseman's stick. It took a fortunate bounce, though, and wound up back on the stick of Richards, who swept it under the left pad of Fleury for a 2-0 lead halfway through the second.
Ekman, though, took over the game after that and recorded the next three goals within a span of 4:10 to give the Pens a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
Gonchar had the puck at the right point and sent it to Crosby down low on the right side. Crosby held the puck for a moment and centered it to Ekman, who banged it in the net as he was getting hit with 4:23 left in the second.
On the power play, Pittsburgh passed the puck around the perimeter until Ryan Whitney had it at the left point. Whitney thew a shot on net that Ekman deflected past Holmqvist to tie the game.
With time winding down in the period Colby Armstrong took the puck up-ice on a rush. He skated into the Lightning zone and dished it off to Crosby, who skated down and slammed on the brakes at the right circle. He fed a pass under two defenders sticks to Ekman, who redirected it past Holmqvist with 12.3 seconds left.
Tampa Bay tied the game early in the third period. Ryan Craig had the puck behind the net and sent a backhand pass to the low slot, where Perrin one- timed it past the left pad of Fleury less than five minutes in.
The Lightning host Atlanta on Saturday...Pittsburgh faces Ottawa in the Igloo on Friday...St. Louis has a 10-game point streak, with 10 goals and eight assists during the run...Tampa Bay went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Penguins went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
11/08 23:11:20 ET