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Tampa Bay Lightning's Mike Smith shuts out Pittsburgh 2-0

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PITTSBURGH - Mike Smith made 15 saves to earn his second shutout of the season, Paul Szczechura had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a rare victory by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Matt Pettinger had a goal and Mark Recchi recorded two assists for the Lightning, who won for the second time in their past 14 games. The Lightning have a NHL-low eight wins this season.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made his fourth consecutive start since returning from a groin injury, made 27 saves.

Pittsburgh, which beat Buffalo in overtime Monday night, finished a stretch of four games in six days with a 2-2 record. The Penguins have won only one of their past seven home games against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay went ahead 1-0 on Pettinger's goal, which came five minutes, 15 seconds into the second period. Seconds after Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora missed on a breakaway chance, Pettinger scored off a one-time pass from behind the net from Szczechura.

Szczechura then put the Lightning ahead 2-0 with a power-play goal 11:14 into the third period.

Smith, who won for the first time in four career starts against Pittsburgh, also blanked the Minnesota Wild this season in a 1-0 shootout loss Oct. 18. He faced just seven shots after the first period.

Tampa Bay forward Ryan Malone was scoreless and drew two penalties in his first game against his former team.

Malone, a Pittsburgh native, scored 87 goals in four seasons with the Penguins before signing a seven-year, $31.5-million contract with the Lightning in June.

Notes: Tampa Bay's roster has several Pittsburgh connections. Along with Malone, Recchi, Adam Hall and Gary Roberts, who is on injured reserved, all played for the Penguins last season. In addition, Lightning coach Rick Tocchet played for the Penguins for parts of three seasons and Jamie Heward was drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round in 1989. ... Penguins D Ryan Whitney played his first game this season following off-season foot surgery. ... Penguins D Kris Letang missed his first game this season after sustaining an undisclosed injury in Monday's overtime win at Buffalo. ... The Penguins sent down F Ryan Stone to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

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