Rookie Sidney Crosby extended his scoring streak, but the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Mellon Arena on Saturday.
Crosby recorded an assist, his seventh, to notch his ninth point of the season. He has recorded a point in all six of the Penguins’ games this year. It is the longest scoring steak to start a career for any Penguins rookie.
Vaclav Prospal gave Tampa Bay (3-2-1), the defending Stanley Cup champ, a 1-0 lead following a turnover in the Pittsburgh end with 7:53 left in the first period.
Ruslan Fedotenko pushed the Lightning’s lead to 2-0 5:45 into the second period with a power-play goal.
Prospal had a chance to boost Tampa’s advantage to 3-0 with 12:20 on the clock when he slipped through the Penguins’ zone on a breakaway. However, Fleury stopped his shot.
Vincent Lecavalier finally cashed in for the third Lightning goal when he beat Fleury with 13.6 seconds left on the clock.
Ziggy Palffy got the Penguins (0-2-4) on the scoreboard when he ripped a slapshot from the slot off a Crosby assist 1:20 into the third period.
The Penguins are off until Thursday, when they welcome New Jersey to Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.
ICE CHIPS – Lyle Odelein, Rob Scuderi and Ryan VandenBussche were the Penguins’ scratches for the game…Shane Endicott and Jocelyn Thibault are still on injured reserve…Timo Helbling was Tampa Bay’s lone scratch…The game drew a standing-room only crowd of 17,132.