Pittsburgh 6, Tampa Bay 3

Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 31-10-0-0 16-5-0-0 15-5-0-0 W3
Tampa Bay 17-21-0-2 11-8-0-2 6-13-0-0 L1


Penguins 6, Lightning 3: Jussi Jokinen recorded two goals and an assist while Pascal Dupuis scored a goal and set up two others as visiting Pittsburgh pulled away from Tampa Bay

Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin also tallied and Tanner Glass added his first for the Penguins, who lead Montreal by five points in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Jarome Iginla chipped in with two assists and Tomas Vokoun made 16 saves for his 11th victory.

Teddy Purcell scored two power-play goals and Brett Connolly added a third for Tampa Bay, which remained eight points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers in the East. Ben Bishop turned aside 35 shots while making his fifth consecutive start for the Lightning after being acquired from Ottawa.

Brenden Morrow’s shot was stopped by Bishop before the puck caromed in off Jokinen’s skate 4:07 into the game, and Dupuis flipped in a rebound during a power play 1:55 later for a 2-0 lead. Purcell redirected Steven Stamkos' centering pass with four minutes left in the first period to pull the Lightning within a goal.

Kunitz deflected Iginla’s blast from the top of the left faceoff circle during a man advantage to push Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1 at 1:48 of the second session. After Connolly’s power-play goal trimmed the deficit, Malkin jumped on a turnover and beat Bishop to the short side 1:24 into the third for a 4-2 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh D Kris Letang returned to the lineup after missing six games with a toe injury and contributed an assist for his 200th career point. … Connolly’s goal was his first in 55 games and Glass scored for the first time in 56 contests. … Pittsburgh scored three power-play goals for the second time this season. The Penguins also accomplished the feat against Washington on Feb. 7.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Tampa Bay
Jussi Jokinen 3 Points Teddy Purcell 2
Jussi Jokinen 2 Goals Teddy Purcell 2
Pascal Dupuis 2 Assists Matt Carle 1
Pascal Dupuis 1 Power Play Goals Teddy Purcell 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tomas Vokoun .842 Save Percentage Ben Bishop .854
Tomas Vokoun 16 Saves Ben Bishop 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 41 6 3-6 1-4 23 26
Tampa Bay 19 3 3-4 3-6 37 33

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play its next game on the road against Washington. The Lightning have a W/L % of .412 after a win and .409 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Florida. The Penguins have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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