Coach Therrien Post-Game
Janne Pesonen Post-Game
Sidney Crosby Post-Game
Petr Sykora scored two goals and Jordan Staal
had a goal and an assist, but the Penguins fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout, 5-4, in the pre-season opener for both teams Saturday night at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins battled back from a 3-1 deficit and took the lead, 4-3, on Sidney Crosby
’s unassisted short-handed goal at 17:07 of the third period. But the Lightning tied the score on Brandon Bochenski’s second goal of the game at 18:41 of the third.
After a scoreless overtime period, Jussi Jokinen and rookie Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay in the shootout against Marc-Andre Fleury
. Stamkos, the No. 1 pick overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, was making his debut in a Lightning uniform.
Staal gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead, scoring 51 seconds into the game off an assist from Evgeni Malkin
. But Tampa Bay rattled off three unanswered goals to lead, 3-1, midway through the second period.
Sykora then scored consecutive power play goals at 15:18 of the second period and 10:11 of the third to make it 3-3.
Penguins coach Michel Therrien – coaching in pain with two broken ribs – said he wasn’t surprised by the level of intensity before a crowd of 16.287.
“Players on both sides want to make an impression,” he said. “It’s normal to be intense, even in an exhibition game. There aren’t many exhibition games to be played this year.”
The two teams meet again Monday night in Tampa Bay. The Penguins return home to host Toronto Wednesday at Mellon Arena.
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar suffered a shoulder injury in the first period and left the game. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.