TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Pittsburgh is finding ways to win without Sidney Crosby.
"I stand in front and I go to the net," Kunitz said. "Right now we're doing a good job of shooting the puck on net and going for rebounds. I don't score many from outside the circles, it's usually right close to the crease."
Crosby, the high-scoring Pittsburgh captain, missed his fourth straight game - all Penguins victories - due to a groin injury. He did take part in Tuesday's morning skate, though.
"We're getting some confidence," Fleury said. "We're battling for the big points we're getting."
Tampa Bay got a goal from Vinny Prospal. The Lightning have lost 12 of 16.
"Losing is miserable," Tampa Bay center Ryan Craig said.
Kunitz put the Penguins ahead 1-0 on a rebound goal at 7:38 of the first period. The Lightning tied it when Prospal scored off a pass from Vincent Lecavalier during a 2-on-1 with 7:37 left in the period.
Pittsburgh went up 2-1 on Kunitz's second goal of the game during a power play late in the first period. Evgeni Malkin assisted on the goal for his NHL-leading 93rd point. Malkin has eight assists and 13 points during a nine-game point streak.
Cooke made it 3-1 midway in the second.
"You've got to create offense, and a lot of times one of the best plays is getting the puck to the net and then going to the net," Penguins interim coach Dan Bylsma said. "It can start to become an identity of a team if you get pucks to the net and make defensemen turn and have to play defense when there are pucks around their goalie."
Fleury made several strong saves, including an in-close shot by Ryan Malone late in the second period. He finished with 32 saves.
"We need to keep getting better, and there are challenges ahead," Bylsma said. "We're taking steps in the right direction and we're definitely building."
Notes: Lightning RW Mark Recchi, the subject of trade speculation, was a healthy scratch. Recchi had seven assists and eight points over his last four games. ... Tampa Bay LW Gary Roberts was placed on waivers. Roberts plans to retire after the season, which means the move might signal the end of his career. "My heart, yeah, I have some optimism, but my head is saying I'm not too sure," Roberts said about another team picking him. Roberts gave rookie C Steven Stamkos an autographed stick after the game ... Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 under Bylsma. ... Tampa Bay recalled C Paul Szczechura and RW Brandon Segal from Norfolk of the AHL. ... Lightning D Marek Malik didn't play because of a lower body injury.
|Chris Kunitz (18) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (13)|
1 - 0 PIT
|Vinny Prospal (17) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (32), Ryan Malone (14)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Chris Kunitz (19) ASST: Petr Sykora (21), Evgeni Malkin (64)|
2 - 1 PIT
|Matt Cooke (9) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (12), Max Talbot (8)|
3 - 1 PIT
|Power Play %||19.3%||18.8%|
|% on Road||16.4%||14.8%|
|% at Home||22.0%||22.9%|
|Cory Murphy Holding against Chris Kunitz|
|Vinny Prospal Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Hal Gill Hooking against Martin St. Louis|
|Adam Hall Hi-sticking against Hal Gill|
|David Koci Fighting (maj) against Eric Godard|
|Eric Godard Fighting (maj) against David Koci|
|Brooks Orpik Cross checking against Evgeny Artyukhin|
|Matt Pettinger Cross checking against Matt Cooke|