PIT
36-12-0
TBL
18-26-4

41 SOG
19 SOG

Penguins 6, Lightning 3

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning battled until the very end on Thursday night.

But even at that, it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who skated away with a 6-3 victory at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Teddy Purcell scored twice on the power play, and Brett Connolly notched his first goal of the season for Tampa Bay, which saw its six-game point streak on home ice come to an end.

“That was a really good hockey team,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “That’s a team that won 15 games in a row in the top league in the world.”

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, earned its third consecutive win, getting a pair of goals and an assist from Jussi Jokinen and a 16-save effort from backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass each added power-play goals for Pittsburgh, while Evgeni Malkin also scored on the night.

Dupuis chipped in two assists as well, as did Jarome Iginla.

“We were able to do a great job against their top guys tonight,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said.

Despite the final score, the game remained close, even after 40 minutes, when Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

The Penguins opened the scoring just four minutes into the game when Brenden Morrow’s initial shot deflected off Ben Bishop and then off of Jokinen’s skate before finding its way into the net.

Dupuis then doubled the lead just 1:55 later while on the power play, after following up on an initial shot attempt by Tyler Kennedy, which was first turned back by Bishop, but which then landed right on Dupuis’ stick and in for a 2-0 advantage.

Tampa Bay came to within one when Stamkos sent a nice cross ice feed to Purcell, who tipped it home with a quick jab of his stick blade while on the man advantage to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The teams exchanged a pair of power-play goals to open the second frame, as Kunitz made it 3-1 just 1:48 into the frame, only to be countered by Connolly’s first tally of the season nearly four minutes later.

It would be as close as the contest would come, though, as Pittsburgh scored three times in the third period to the Lightning’s one, while things also began to get a bit chippy.

Three consecutive Pittsburgh goals in succession put the visitors out to a commanding 6-2 advantage, until Purcell capped the scoring with his second of the night at 19:42 of the third while on the man advantage.

Prior to that, Malkin scored off a turnover in the Lightning’s own end with a quick little backhand to forehand move that beat Bishop, before Jokinen cashed in his final tally of the contest just 3:19 later.

Glass then added the Penguins’ sixth and final tally at 16:40 of the frame.

Bishop made 35 saves on 41 shots throughout the night.

“We made some mistakes that ended up with the puck in the back of our net,” Bolts forward Ryan Malone said. “They obviously have a good team, so you don’t want to give them too much.”

The third-period action perhaps was overshadowed by several altercations, mixed in with a fracas or two, as the teams combined for 44 penalty minutes in the final frame alone, with Tampa Bay collecting 29 of those.

Overall, the Lightning racked up 37 minutes worth of infractions on the night, while the Penguins registered 23, for a cumulative total of 60 throughout the contest.

The one bright spot in the loss perhaps came on special teams, with the Lightning power play going 3-for-4 on the night.

Pittsburgh’s unit with the man advantage, however, was equally impressive, converting on half of its six opportunities on the night.

“Ultimately it’s a loss,” Malone added. “Now it’s time to regroup and get ready for the road trip.”

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TBL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:07PIT Jussi Jokinen (8) ASST: Brenden Morrow (7), Pascal Dupuis (13) 1 - 0 PIT
06:02PIT PPG - Pascal Dupuis (20) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (5), Matt Niskanen (7) 2 - 0 PIT
16:00TBL PPG - Teddy Purcell (9) ASST: Steven Stamkos (25), Sami Salo (14) 2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
01:48PIT PPG - Chris Kunitz (21) ASST: Jarome Iginla (15), Kris Letang (26) 3 - 1 PIT
05:46TBL PPG - Brett Connolly (1) ASST: Richard Panik (3), Alex Killorn (11) 3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
01:24PIT Evgeni Malkin (8) ASST: NONE 4 - 2 PIT
04:45PIT Jussi Jokinen (9) ASST: Douglas Murray (5), Pascal Dupuis (14) 5 - 2 PIT
16:40PIT PPG - Tanner Glass (1) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (7), Jarome Iginla (16) 6 - 2 PIT
19:42TBL PPG - Teddy Purcell (10) ASST: Martin St. Louis (41), Matthew Carle (15) 6 - 3 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Pascal Dupuis
1st
Pascal Dupuis
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 14:52
Jussi Jokinen
2nd
Jussi Jokinen
LW
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:35
Evgeni Malkin
3rd
Evgeni Malkin
G: 1Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 18:46
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:30TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
15:38PIT Evgeni Malkin  Tripping against  Ryan Malone
2nd Period
01:00TBL Ryan Malone  Hi-sticking against  Jarome Iginla
04:13PIT Beau Bennett  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
05:59PIT Matt Niskanen  Roughing against  Pierre-Cedric Labrie
12:24TBL Martin St. Louis  Hooking against  Kris Letang
20:00TBL Radko Gudas  Roughing against  Deryk Engelland
20:00PIT Deryk Engelland  Roughing against  Radko Gudas
3rd Period
04:16PIT Evgeni Malkin  Cross checking against  Radko Gudas
04:16PIT Deryk Engelland  Roughing against  Radko Gudas
04:16TBL Radko Gudas  Roughing against  Deryk Engelland
04:16TBL Radko Gudas  Roughing against  Deryk Engelland
05:19TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting against  Douglas Murray
05:19PIT Douglas Murray  Fighting against  B.J. Crombeen
05:19PIT Douglas Murray  Unsportsmanlike conduct
05:19TBL B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Douglas Murray
06:09TBL Steven Stamkos  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tyler Kennedy
06:09PIT Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
06:09TBL Ryan Malone  Roughing against  Brooks Orpik
14:02TBL Radko Gudas  Misconduct
15:02TBL Keith Aulie  Interference against  Tyler Kennedy
16:00TBL Nate Thompson  Slashing against  Kris Letang
18:30PIT Deryk Engelland  Roughing against  Brett Connolly
shots by period
PeriodPITTBL
1st138
2nd147
3rd144
Total4119
Team Stats
CategoryPITTBL
Power Plays3/63/4
Hits2426
Faceoff Wins2633
Giveaways711
Takeaways49
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes2337
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  • TAMPA BAY
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4V. LecavalierC00-20017:40
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63T. JohnsonC00-11012:29
71R. PanikR01-10011:36
75R. GudasD00-131615:43
76P. LabrieL000129:31
91S. StamkosC0101219:23
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30B. Bishop3541.85459:58