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Lightning
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Pittsburgh
Penguins
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39 SOG
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game recap

Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 FINAL
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ There was nothing wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning's power play that playing the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't fix.

Pavel Kubina scored two power-play goals 54 seconds apart, Cory Stillman added two goals during Tampa Bay's four-goal third period, and the Lightning ran the Penguins' home losing streak to a club-record eight games by winning 6-2 Tuesday night.

The game was the NHL's first in more than two seasons with multiple penalty shots _ both unsuccessful. Penguins rookie Marc-Andre Fleury smothered Dan Boyle's shot at 15:44 of the second and Brian Holzinger shot high and wide off the glass at 12:00 of the third after a Lightning player threw a stick as he skated down the slot.

The Lightning began the night with the NHL's 26th-ranked power play, only to go 3-for-6 with the man advantage. Martin St. Louis also scored shorthanded into an empty net in the third.

``We thought Fleury was that good _ he played very well right through the game _ but our power play scored a couple of timely goals,'' coach John Tortorella said. ``We were fortunate to get a couple of five-on-threes and we got it done.''

Despite opening a 1-0 lead _ their first at home since they beat Chicago 1-0 on Dec. 29 _ the Penguins have been outscored 40-8 during the longest single-season home ice losing streak in their 37-year history. They have lost seven straight overall.

Boyle had a goal and two assists, Fredrik Modin added a goal and an assist, and Brad Richards had three assists as the Lightning finished off a 3-0-0-1 road trip that started in western Canada. They are 9-2-0-2 in their last 13.

``It was an unbelievable road trip with a lot of travel and we got seven of eight points,'' Kubina said. ``It was a very tough road trip, but we've been playing great the last couple of weeks.''

Kubina scored 31 seconds into the second on a slap shot off the post from the right point with the Lightning on a five-on-three advantage created by penalties on Drake Berehowsky and Rico Fata 10 seconds apart. Kubina made it 2-1 at 1:25 with the Lightning still on the power play.

Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk was visibly unhappy with Fata's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for barking at referee Paul Devorski and didn't play Fata the rest of the game.

``It's the little things, you just can't have that,'' Olczyk said. ``Devo told him to cool it and he didn't; we were shorthanded as it was. That cost us two goals and you just can't have that.''

The Lightning had a chance to make it 3-1, but Fleury easily stopped Boyle's penalty shot by sprawling across the goal line. Fleury has stopped both penalty shots he faced; he also turned aside the Kings' Esa Pinnes in his NHL debut Oct. 10.

``I was planning on shooting right from the beginning, but he came out so far, I had nothing to look at so I had to fake him one way or another,'' said Boyle, 0-for-2 on career penalty shots. ``I really had him beat, I just ran out of time and room.''

Fleury has allowed four or more goals in each of his last six games, but hardly had a chance on three of the Lightning's goals and was off the ice for a fourth. Still, he lost his 11th decision in his last 12 and is 4-14-2 in his first season.

``It's pretty tough,'' Fleury said. ``Obviously, everybody wants to win.''

Perhaps relieved that Boyle didn't score after he hauled him down, the Penguins' Josef Melichar scored his first NHL goal later in the second on a knuckleball-like shot that tied it at 2. Melichar ended a 136-game scoreless streak, the longest in Penguins history at the start of a career.

The announced crowd of 9,391 on a snowy night was probably only half that and was the Penguins' smallest at home since 7,170 turned out during a Dec. 19, 1995, snowstorm. This is the first season since the Penguins have had two crowds below 10,000; 9,576 turned out against Atlanta on Dec. 1.

It was the first NHL game with two penalty shots since the Wild and Kings had one each on Oct. 7, 2001.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:33
PIT
PPG - Dick Tarnstrom (10) ASST: Drake Berehowsky (13), Aleksey Morozov (14)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
00:31
TBL
PPG - Pavel Kubina (9) ASST: Brad Richards (26), Cory Stillman (23)
1 - 1 Tie
01:25
TBL
PPG - Pavel Kubina (10) ASST: Brad Richards (27), Ruslan Fedotenko (4)
2 - 1 TBL
15:43
PIT
Josef Melichar (1) ASST: Konstantin Koltsov (14), Aleksey Morozov (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:12
TBL
PPG - Cory Stillman (15) ASST: Martin St. Louis (28), Dan Boyle (16)
3 - 2 TBL
09:03
TBL
Freddy Modin (15) ASST: Brad Richards (28), Dan Boyle (17)
4 - 2 TBL
16:40
TBL
SHG - EN - Martin St. Louis (23) ASST: Freddy Modin (15)
5 - 2 TBL
19:39
TBL
Cory Stillman (16) ASST: Pavel Kubina (9)
6 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
16:20
TBL
Cory Stillman  Tripping against  Josef Melichar
19:29
PIT
Drake Berehowsky  Closing hand on puck
19:39
PIT
Rico Fata  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
17:47
PIT
Brian Holzinger  Holding against  Ben Clymer
3rd Period
02:06
PIT
Aleksey Morozov  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
02:06
PIT
Aleksey Morozov  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
05:26
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Slashing against  Vincent Lecavalier
15:19
TBL
Tim Taylor  Hooking against  Konstantin Koltsov
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 38TOI: 59:50
Saves: 33EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .868SH: 0 - 0