Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Pascal Dupuis, Sidney Crosby, and Maxime Talbot each registered a goal and an assist, as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Alex Goligoski and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Penguins, who have won two of three. Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves.
Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who have dropped two straight and five of six overall. Mike Smith turned aside 15-of-20 shots.
The Penguins broke a scoreless tie at the 8:01 mark of the second period. Kris Letang’s shot from the point was deflected into the net by Dupuis.
Just 27 seconds later, Goligoski made it a 2-0 game. Michael Rupp ended up with the puck at the bottom of the right circle following a battle for the disc behind the net. Rupp quickly dished off to Goligoski, whose wrister beat Smith.
Stamkos’ one-timer from the left circle on the power play at the 5:30 mark of the third made it 2-1.
Talbot gave Pittsburgh a two-goal cushion again at the 12:12 mark. Talbot led a 2-on-1 rush down the left side of the ice and decided to take things into his own hands with a snap shot.
Crosby and Engelland scored in the final minutes to seal the victory.
This was the Lightning’s first-ever game at the Penguins’ new arena…Tampa Bay has lost five straight on the road…The Lightning recalled forwards Marc- Antoine Pouliot and Johan Harju from Norfolk (AHL)…Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier sustained a non-displaced fracture in his right hand in a 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Thursday. Lecavalier, who has three goals and six assists this season, is expected to miss the next three-to-four weeks of action.
11/12 22:21:46 ET