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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (32-25-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (14-36-11).

TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins to begin a five-game road trip.

The Lightning, who lost all three games at home, have won six straight over the Penguins.

Tampa Bay has not won since its last game before the Olympic break, a 6-5 win at Boston on Feb. 11. The Lightning have been outscored 18-4 since, including a 4-0 defeat to Ottawa on Monday night.

"I thought we played with more energy, I thought we did better things tonight," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Both teams had some opportunities. They scored on a couple. We didn't."

Brad Richards' eight-game point streak ended in the loss. It was the second time Tampa Bay has been shut out this season, and the first since a 2-0 loss to Florida in the second game of the season.

Tampa Bay is seventh in the Eastern Conference, but only four points ahead of ninth-place Atlanta, which won Monday.

"Right now, we've got to find a way to win, home or away," said goalie Sean Burke, who made 30 saves against Ottawa. "We've got to find that formula again and start putting some points on the board."

Tampa Bay right wing Evgeny Artyukhin may be suspended by the NHL after receiving a match penalty for hitting Ottawa's Antoine Vermette in the head with his helmet during a fight in the second period.

Pittsburgh has fallen behind by large deficits in its last two games.

The Penguins lost 7-5 to Carolina on Saturday night after trailing 5-0 in the first period. Two days earlier, they allowed the first four goals to Ottawa before losing 4-3.

"We've got to get off to better starts," said Mark Recchi, who had a hat trick against the Hurricanes. "You keep falling behind 4-0, 5-0, it's pretty tough."

John LeClair also scored a goal against Carolina, giving him four goals and four assists during a four-game points streak.

Pittsburgh will be without defenseman Brooks Orpik, who was suspended for three games by the NHL following his hit on Carolina's Erik Cole during Saturday's game.

Cole suffered a broken vertebra in his neck after the check by Orpik - who leads the Penguins with 102 penalty minutes - and will be out 6-to-8 weeks.

Pittsburgh is looking to win at home for the first time since Jan. 25 and only the second time since Dec. 31.

STANDINGS: Lightning - 68 points, 2nd place, 22 PB, Southeast Division. Penguins - 39 points, 5th place, 41 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier, 26 goals; Richards, 44 assists and 62 points; Pavel Kubina, 80 PIM. Penguins - Sidney Crosby, 28 goals, 38 assists and 66 points; Orpik, 102 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Lightning - Power play: 15.0 percent (54 for 361), 27th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.0 percent (244 for 294), 12th. Penguins - Power play: 18.3 percent (70 for 383), 12th. Penalty killing: 77.0 percent (312 for 405), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Lightning - John Grahame (22-17-1, 5 SO, 2.84 GAA); Burke (10-7-3, 1, 2.85). Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury (7-21-4, 3.39); Sebastien Caron (6-5-4, 4.23).

SEASON SERIES: Lightning, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 27; Lightning, 4-1. At Tampa, Fla., Grahame made 20 saves to improve to 8-1-1 in his career against Pittsburgh while Fredrik Modin added two power-play goals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Lightning - 16-13-2 on the road; Penguins - 7-18-6 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '06 PIT 0 at TBL 1 V. Lecavalier
Mar 07 '06 TBL 5 at PIT 4 - SO B. Richards
Nov 27 '05 PIT 1 at TBL 4 R. DiMaio
Oct 15 '05 TBL 3 at PIT 1 R. Fedotenko