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MODIN SCORES TWICE IN TAMPA BAY'S 4-1 WIN OVER PENGUINS

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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.

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