Time runs out and the Pens win their seventh game of the year. They are now 7-1 on the year, tied with the New York Rangers for the best record in the NHL. Fleury ties a career high with seven straight wins.
Fleury stones the Lightning on a sequence around the Penguins' net.
The Lightning net is empty.
Tampa Bay heads back to the power play as Eaton goes for tripping.
The Penguins kill the penalty.
Mark Eaton blocks a shot and stays down on the ice for a second.
Guerin serves a penalty for too many men on the ice.
The Penguins kill the Fedotenko penalty.
Fedotenko is penalized for slashing.
Mike Rupp takes a backhand pass from Crosby and beats Niittymaki. Crosby picks up his 404th career point on the play, tying him with Ron Schock for 10th place on the team's all-time scoring list. Penguins 4, Lightning 1.
Niittymaki is forced to make a great save on Crosby from close range. The Penguins are now outshooting the Lightning, 7-1, in the third period.
9:36: Matt Cooke
his the left post behind Niittymaki.
Hedman is out of the box and both teams are at full strength.
The first penalty expires.
Malkin draws a tripping call on Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. Penguins have a 12-second two-man advantage.
Malkin feeds Goligoski streaking all along down the left-side boards but the shot by the Penguins' defenseman is stopped.
James Wright is sent to the box for hooking.
An update from around the league. The Rangers lead Toronto, 4-1, in the third period. The Penguins and Rangers are tied atop the league standings with identical 6-1 records.
A scoring change as Dupuis is now credited for deflecting in the Gonchar shot on the Penguins third goal. It should read Dupuis from Gonchar and Fedotenko.
Oprik wallops the Lightning's Steve Downie, knocking him to the ice.
Both teams are now at full strength as the puck is dropped in the Lightning end.
The period begins with the Penguins on the power play.
Fans enjoy the atmosphere around Mellon Arena.
Dan Bylsma and Tony Granato take the ice while a Penguins' fan shows his support for former player, and current Lightning coach, Rich Tocchet.
This couple shows their support of the Penguins while Sidney Crosby
takes a break between periods.0:00:
Two of the three penalties to the Lightning expire, but the Penguins take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Pittsburgh is outshooting the Lightning, 24-13, after two periods. The Penguins will have 1:43 remaining on the penalty to Ranger when the third period begins.
Malkin sets up Crosby on the cross-ice pass but Niittymaki makes the save.
Paul Ranger clears the puck over the glass meaning the Penguins will have a two-man advantage for at least 1:12.
Matt Walker puts the Penguins up two men when he goes for slashing.
Goligoski is robbed by a Niittymaki pad save.
Zenon Konopka heads to the sin-bin for Tampa Bay on a slashing call.
The Penguins' defensemen are doing an excellent job holding the puck in the zone during the second period. Gonchar, Goligoski and Letang each made nice plays during the last power play, and McKee did the same right after.
Halpern's penalty expires but not before the Penguins move the puck around with great success.
Niittymaki stops a Fedotenko shot from the slot. Jeff Halpern is penalized during the sequence for holding the stick.
Malkin's penalty expires. The Lightning are 1-4 with the man advantage.
Malkin gets a hooking call and Tampa Bay goes on their fourth-consecutive power play.
The Penguins clear the zone as Tampa Bay has their first real pressure in the Pittsburgh end in a long time.
Malkin now has back-to-back multiple-point efforts, and has a total of four such performances on the season, most on the team.
Pittsburgh answers the Tampa Bay score when Fedotenko skates out of the far corner and feeds Gonchar at the point for a wrist shot that found its way past Niittymaki for Gonchar's second goal of the night. Assists to Fedotenko and Malkin. (Goal later changed to Pascal Dupuis
with assists to Gonchar and Fedotenko). Penguins 3, Lightning 1.
The Penguins announce a standing-room only crowd of 17,132, the 121st-consecutive sellout.
Martin St. Louis, streaking down the left side, sees his original shot stopped by Fleury. Steven Stamkos knocks the rebound into the net out of mid-air. Vincent Lecavalier gets the other assist. The Penguins had killed 13 consecutive opponent power plays until that point. Penguins 2, Lightning 1.
14:30: Pascal Dupuis
heads to the box for slashing.
The Lightning have had the past three power plays.
A good recovery by Letang as Alex Tanguay got behind him. Letang knocked Tanguay off the puck and prevented a scoring chance.
A pass from Crosby to Gonchar just bounces over the stick of the Penguins' defenseman on a one-time attempt. Malkin and Crosby were together again and made the play happen.
The penalty to Crosby expires right as Fleury makes a glove save.
Crosby is sent to the box for holding the stick, much to the chagrin of the fans.
19:22: Chris Kunitz
nearly walks out of the corner and scores as the Penguins dominate play on the first shift of the period.
Play resumes as the Penguins look to build upon their lead.
FIRST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS:
- Evgeni Malkin
led the Penguins with four shots. Bill Guerin (2) was the only other Penguin to record more than one.
- Jay McKee, the NHL leader coming in, blocked two more shots in the first period.
- Crosby's assist was his first since the second game of the season.Marc-Andre Fleury
prepares himself for the start of the game, left, while fans in Section F welcome the Penguins home following a 4-0 road trip.Sidney Crosby
(front) and Evgeni Malkin
take the ice as the crowd stands for Sarah Marince's rendition of the national anthem.
Former Penguin Ryan Malone exits the ice following pre-game warmups as the lights quickly go out in anticipation of the Penguins arriving onto the ice.
The first period ends with the Penguins getting an ovation from the crowd as they take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Pittsburgh outshoots the Lightning 11-5.
1:03: Tyler Kennedy
nearly makes it 3-0 when he misses the net on a backhand.
Crosby cleanly wins a faceoff back to Orpik. He passes over to Gonchar who one-times a shot past Niittimaki for the goal. Penguins 2, Lightning 0.
Former Pitt Panther and current San Francisco 49er Scott McKillip is shown on the scoreboard during a stoppage. The Kiski native is on a bye this week.
Staal gets back at Andrej Meszaros behind the Lightning net after the Tampa Bay defenseman had an earlier hit on him.
The Lightning have come on strong, getting the last three shots on goal.
The Penguins honor Rick Tocchet, currently the Lightning head coach, during a television time out. Tocchet is cheered when shown on the Jumbotron. Tocchet was a key acquisition in February, 1992, and helped spur the Penguins to their second-consecutive Stanley Cup championship that June.
7:55: Marc-Andre Fleury
stops a wrap-a-round chance by Malone.
The Penguins have now killed off 12 consecutive power plays against.
Crosby and Malkin are together again, this time with Ruslan Fedotenko.
The Penguins kill off the penalty to Goligoski.
Goligoski is penalized for tripping.
The Lightning record their first shot of the evening. Pittsburgh had the first seven, including six on their power-play attempt.
Guerin converts the rebound of a Malkin shot behind Niitymaki for a power-play goal. Alex Goligoski gets the second assist. Penguins 1, Lightning 0.
Antero Niittymaki robs Bill Guerin from the slot after a setup from Crosby.
Drew Miller gets penalitzed two minutes for high sticking.
17:10: Brooks Orpik
stands Steve Downie up at the Penguins blue line with a thunderous check. Orpik appears to have part of helmet broken on the play.
Martin St. Louis misses a one-time attempt off a Malone pass on a two-on-one.
Former Penguin Ryan Malone nails Kris Letang
in the back behind the Penguins' net.
The Penguins deploy a unit of Sidney Crosby
with Evgeni Malkin
and Chris Kunitz
for a faceoff in the Lightning end.
The puck is dropped between Jordan Staal
and Vincent Lecavalier as the Penguins wear their blue third jerseys for the first time in 2009-10.
Sarah Marince sings the national anthem.
7:34 PM: Sidney Crosby
presents a Stanley Cup ring to Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The crowd erupts and the goal horn is blown as the Penguns take the ice.
Stat of the Night:
Tampa Bay has given up the first goal in each of their first six games.
The lights are off at Mellon Arena as the crowd prepares to welcome the Penguins home for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning following a 4-0 road trip. Pittsburgh's scratches for tonight are Chris Bourque and Martin Skoula. Tampa Bay will play without Lukas Krajicek and Todd Fedoruk.
Author: Jason Seidling