Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Pittsburgh leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
Game 2: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 3: Friday, November 8th
Game 4: Friday, January 17th

Lightning 3

(3-0-0, 7 pts)

Penguins 3

(3-1-0, 7 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 19, 2002

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
TB 0 1 2 03
PIT 1 1 1 03

D. Boyle (Lightning - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Hedberg (Penguins - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .927

Boyle, St. Louis help Lightning forge tie

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

Dan Boyle

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.

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