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Boyle, St. Louis help Lightning forge tie

10/20/2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning look nothing like a
team that has missed the playoffs for six straight seasons.

Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle helped the Lightning overcome a
pair of third-period deficits Saturday night and tie the Pittsburgh
Penguins 3-3 Saturday night.

The Lightning are in first place in the Southeast Division early
in this new season.

''Nobody really expected us to do anything this year, but the
guys in the dressing room do, and that's all that really matters,''
said Boyle, who forged the tie with a power-play goal at 9:05 of
the third period.

''We're not going to quit, whether we're down one goal, two
goals or three goals. We showed that against Atlanta (Friday) night
and again tonight. Hopefully, we're going to sneak under the radar
screen and surprise some people.''

Tampa Bay (3-0-1), off to the best start in franchise history,
matched a team record for goals in a game during its 8-5 victory
over Atlanta on Friday. The Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit
for the second time this season.

''It shows we have a lot of character. Everybody here believes
in each other,'' said St. Louis, who tied the game 2-2 with his
third goal of the season by converting Brad Richards' two-on-one
pass at 1:28 of the third period.

The Penguins' lack of discipline hurt them Saturday, as Tampa
Bay had nine power plays. Pittsburgh's Johan Hedberg stopped 38
shots, including several during a two-man advantage that lasted
1:40 midway through the third period.

''That kill was huge for us,'' Penguins forward Dan Lacouture
said. ''The way we're going to win games is at even strength, and
we have to stay out of the penalty box a little more. But that's a
much improved team, and you have to give them a lot of credit. They
worked hard to earn that point.''

The tie snapped a three-game winning streak for Pittsburgh
(3-1-1), which is 9-1-2 in its last 12 home games against Tampa
Bay.

Jan Hrdina gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 7:11 of the opening
period when he was left unchecked in front of the Tampa Bay goal
and fired the rebound of Mario Lemieux's shot past goalie Nikolai
Khabibulin on the power play.

After Ben Clymer's wrist shot from between the circles tied the
game at 3:45 of the second period, Lacouture restored the Penguins'
one-goal lead at 7:57 of the period when he beat Khabibulin with a
backhander after a shot by Wayne Primeau bounced off the backboards
and directly to Lacouture on the doorstep.

After St. Louis tied it early in the third period, Alexei
Kovalev gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead at 5:49 by converting Randy
Robitaille's pass for his second goal in as many games.

Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier, who had seven points in the
first three games, left the ice late in the first period with a
mild knee sprain and did not return.

Game notes
Tampa Bay's Dave Andreychuk played his 1,447th career game,
moving into 10th place on the NHL career list. ... Lemieux has 35
points in 15 career games against Tampa Bay. ... The home team is
10-0-2 in the last 12 games of this series. ... The Penguins played
without D Michal Rozsival (groin). ... Tampa Bay's Chris Dingman
served the second and final game of his league suspension for high
sticking Carolina's Jesse Boulerice on Oct. 12.