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Pens vs. Lightning Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
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10:08 PM: The Penguins win the game in overtime! Malkin emerges as the hero of the game scoring the game-winner. Jordan Staal passed the puck from behind the net to Malkin who slipped it through McKenna's five-hole for the victory.

Penguins 4, Lightning 3.

10:01 PM: The game goes into overtime after the Penguins netted three goals to tie the game in the third.

9:54 PM: The Pens come back from a 3-0 deficit and tie the score with just under four minutes to play in the third period. Sykora pounds the puck past traffic in front of the net for the goal. Malkin and Crosby were credited with assists on the goal.

Penguins 3, Lightning 3.

9:49 PM: The Penguins score another goal and come within one point of the Lightning. Mark Eaton sent a wrist shot toward the net which bounced into the net off of the Tampa Bay defender. Petr Sykora set up Eaton's goal with a pass from the near circle.

Lightning 3, Penguins 2.

9:27 PM: The Penguins finally put a point on the board. Mike McKenna thought he had the puck covered up but Malkin sneaked in from behind the net and pushed in the loose puck for the score.

Lightning 3, Penguins 1. 

9:24 PM: The third period begins with the Pens trailing, 3-0.

9:02 PM: The Lightning strike again This time Vincent Lecavalier, the other of Tampa Bay's two potent forwards, nets the score. Vaclav Prospal skated into the Penguins zone and it looked like he was going for a wraparound attempt but instead passed the puck through the slot to Lecavalier who sent it past Fleury for the point.

Lightning 3, Penguins 0.

8:48 PM: The Penguins get a two minute five-on-three advantage but are unable to convert on the chance.

8:39 PM: The Lightning score again, boosting their lead to 2-0. The Penguins learn the hard way not to give Martin St. Louis any space in their zone. Vincent Lecavalier sent a pass across the Penguins zone to St. Louis who beat Fleury with a wicked shot from the top of the near circle.

Lightning 2, Penguins 0.

8:31 PM: The Penguins and the Lightning return for the second period.

8:16 PM: The first period ends with the Penguins on the power play. When the second period begins the Penguins have 1:03 remaining on the power play. Hopefully they can come out strong and convert on the power play to tie the game. Tampa Bay dominated in shots in the first period outshooting the Penguins 14-5.

8:05 PM: The Lightning put the first score on the board. Former Penguin Ryan Malone skates the puck behind the net and gets a wraparound attempt which is denied by Fleury. The rebound gets kicked out to Mark Recchi, who shoots on Fleury again. Recchi's shot bounces off of Fleury and right back onto Malone's stick for an easy shot into the net.

Lightning 1, Penguins 0.

7:50 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd congratulates Miroslav Satan for playing in his 1,000th career game tonight. He is the ninth Penguin to play 1,000 games.

7:40 PM: The jumbotron plays a highlight video of Luca Caputi's first career goal which he scored in his first NHL game. Caputi scored the goal on his first shift during the Pens tilt with the Canadiens last night in Montreal. The Toronto native wears number 61.

7:36 PM: Pittsburgh Steeler Jeff Reed does the ceremonial puck drop with Sidney Crosby. Reed is sporting an old-school yellow Lemieux jersey.

7:33 PM: It's a great night for hockey as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Mellon Arena.

In the first and only other competition between these two clubs, the Lightning bested the Penguins, 2-0, here at the Igloo on Dec. 23.

Scratches for the Penguins tonight are forward Christopher Minard and defensemen Alex Goligoski and Philippe Boucher. MArc-Andre Fleury is starting in net for the Penguins.

Scratches for Tampa Bay are forwards Ryan Craig, Matt Pettinger and Jussi Jokinen. Between the pipes for the Lightning is Mike McKenna.

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