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game recap

Penguins 5, Lightning 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:37 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter


The Tampa Bay Lightning’s recent tough stretch away from home is having no effect on Steven Stamkos. In fact, the Lightning’s superstar center is becoming a road warrior.

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The NHL’s leading scorer notched his 15th goal of the season Friday night with his league-best seventh power-play tally, albeit in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center.

Stamkos, who has collected seven goals and 11 points in his last seven contests on the road, cut an early 2-0 deficit in half at 5:30 of the third when he sent a slap shot into the top corner of the net past Penguins net minder Marc-Andre Fleury. Stamkos is the NHL’s leader in road points this season with 14.

Tampa Bay, who returns home on Sunday to face Minnesota, dropped its fourth straight on the road and has gained just one point in its last five away from home.

Pascal Dupuis, Alex Goligoski and Maxime Talbot each scored for Pittsburgh, 8-8-1 and five points behind the division-leading Flyers. Sidney Crosby and Deryk Engelland also had goals, and Fleury made 15 saves.

“We had a few good chances, but Fleury made some great saves out there,” Lightning forward Dominic Moore said.

The Penguins came into the game with just one win in their last four and in the midst of a two-game skid at home. They won for just the third time in eight tries in the team’s brand new arena.

Dupuis opened scoring at 8:01 after tipping in a slap shot from Kris Letang off the high slot. Goligoski made it 2-0 with a wrist shot into a wide open net just 27 seconds later.

Despite only recording 16 shots on goal, a season-low, Tampa Bay did make the most of the chances it had, contesting the Pittsburgh goaltender with shots, but Fleury made some strong saves.

First, he stopped Martin St. Louis as he was in alone during the second period, then got his left leg out to stop Adam Hall on a rebound while Tampa Bay was on a 5-on-3 power play with about 13 minutes to play.

“We had some chances, we just couldn’t find a way to put the puck in the net,” defenseman Mattias Ohlund said.

Stamkos finally did, however, with his patented one-timer from the left circle, halving Pittsburgh’s lead on the power play to open the final period.

Pittsburgh, though, desperate for a win after losing six of its last eight, dug deep and responded with three goals in the final period to put the game away.

Talbot regained the two-goal lead when he sent an uncontested wrist shot over Smith’s shoulder with eight minutes in regulation, and Crosby cashed in his 11th of the season at 16:44.

Engelland ended the scoring with his second of the night with just over a minute to play.

“We put a lot of stress on them, but they just have some really highly-skilled guys,” Ohlund added.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:01
PIT
Pascal Dupuis (5) Tip-in - ASST: Kris Letang (13), Maxime Talbot (2)
1 - 0 PIT
08:28
PIT
Alex Goligoski (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Rupp (3), Mark Letestu (5)
2 - 0 PIT
3rd Period
05:30
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (15) Slapshot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (12), Teddy Purcell (7)
2 - 1 PIT
12:12
PIT
Maxime Talbot (3) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 PIT
16:44
PIT
Sidney Crosby (11) Snap shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (3)
4 - 1 PIT
18:50
PIT
Deryk Engelland (1) Slapshot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (13), Chris Kunitz (5)
5 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
12:07
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Hi-sticking against  Kris Letang
14:23
PIT
Mike Rupp  Holding against  Nate Thompson
16:58
TBL
Johan Harju  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
2nd Period
03:37
PIT
Kris Letang  Boarding against  Steven Stamkos
04:47
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Craig Adams
05:18
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
08:28
PIT
Mike Rupp  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Mattias Ohlund
16:54
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Hi stick - double minor against  Paul Martin
3rd Period
02:23
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hi stick - double minor against  Mattias Ritola
03:05
TBL
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Kris Letang
05:20
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Tripping against  Mattias Ritola
06:05
PIT
Matt Cooke  Boarding against  Martin St. Louis
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
2-6-0
SA: 16TOI: 59:58
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0