Fredrik Modin scored two goals Sunday night to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for the Penguins (7-11-6). He suffered a bruise to the inside of his left ankle in Friday’s 6-3 loss at Florida when he blocked a third-period shot. However, he did not register a point.
Mario Lemieux (stomach virus) did not play. It is the second game he missed this season.
Brad Richards scored to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead over the Penguins at the first intermission.
Richards redirected Nolan Pratt’s shot past goaltender Jocelyn Thibault 7:55 into the contest.
Matt Murley had a chance to get the Penguins on the scoreboard 9:23 into the game when he was awarded a penalty shot. However, John Grahame stopped the shot with his right leg pad.
Rob DiMaio and Fredrik Modin scored power-play goals 1:53 apart to boost Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0.
DiMaio deflected Dan Boyle’s shot past Thibault 4:58 into the second period for a 2-0 Lightning lead.
Modin ripped a shot past Thibault on the power play for a 3-0 edge at 6:51.
Modin scored again with a power-play goal 5:23 into the third period to push the Lightning’s lead to 4-0.
Maxime Talbot got the Penguins on the scoreboard in the third. He deflected Ric Jackman’s shot into the net with 1:13 remaining for a short-handed goal.
Tampa Bay out shot the Penguins 36-21.
The Penguins return home to face Buffalo on Tuesday.
ICE CHIPS: Brooks Orpik and Steve Poapst were the Penguins’ healthy scratches.