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
``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
``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.