TAMPA, Fla. - Chris Kunitz had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Matt Cooke also scored for the Penguins, eighth in the Eastern Conference. Marc-Andre Fleury made his 14th consecutive start, posting a 9-4-1 record over that stretch. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby missed his fourth straight game - all Penguins victories - due to a groin injury. He did take part in Tuesday's morning skate, though.
Tampa Bay got a goal from Vinny Prospal. The Lightning have lost 12 of 16.
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 rebound 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.
Fleury made several strong saves, including an in-close shot by Ryan Malone late in the second period.
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. ... Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 under interim coach Dan 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.