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Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-32-5-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (24-16-6-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try for their fourth straight victory tonight when they welcome the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins to the St. Pete Times Forum for the back end of a home-and-home.

Tampa toppled Edmonton and Calgary before a 6-2 pounding of the Penguins on Tuesday. The three triumphs have seen the Lightning outscore the opposition by a combined score of 15-6.

On Tuesday, Pavel Kubina and Cory Stillman each scored two goals with an assist to lead the effort. Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis each had a score and a helper for the Lightning, who hold a comfortable seven-point lead over second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division standings.

Brad Richards added three helpers and John Grahame made 20 saves for Tampa Bay, which scored four times in the third period to bust open a tied game. Dan Boyle added two assists, but did miss a penalty shot during the course of the evening.

Defenseman Darryl Sydor, acquired by Tampa Bay earlier in the day from Columbus, did not play against Pittsburgh. He should be in the lineup tonight.

The Bolts, only 3-6-2-1 in their last 12 home games, will host the Thrashers on Saturday.

Dick Tarnstrom and Josef Melichar scored for the Penguins, who have lost seven straight games overall. Aleksey Morozov assisted on both Pittsburgh goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves in defeat.

Melichar ended a 136-game scoreless streak, the longest in Penguins' history at the start of a career.

The Penguins, with 30 points, hold the worst record in the National Hockey League.

Pittsburgh, which has dropped three straight on the road, will host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season, and 5-3-1 in the last nine meetings overall. The Pens are 1-7-1 in their last nine trips to Tampa.

01/29 10:32:34 ET


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