Series (Game 3 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

Penguins 1

(7-3-1, 17 pts)

Lightning 4

(8-4-0, 18 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2002

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 1 01
TB 0 1 34

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

V. Prospal (Lightning - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

N. Khabibulin (Lightning - G): Saves: 15, Save Pct.: .938

Lightning end Lemieux's 11-game scoring streak

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Vincent Lecavalier made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning stayed perfect at home.


Lecavalier had three goals as the Southeast Division-leading Lightning ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Friday night.

"This is my fifth year and things are changing and things are going good,'' Lecavalier said. "We've got a lot of pride this year. Even though it's a long season, but we're going the right way.''

Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 4:25 of the third period when he put a backhander from in close past Johan Hedberg. He completed his first career hat trick with an empty goal with 1:12 remaining.

"It's a plus for us he got a hat trick,'' said Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, who extended his point streak to six games with an assist. ''

Fredrik Modin had the other goal for Tampa Bay, now 5-0 at home and off to a franchise-best start of 8-4-2 overall.

"Good teams win at home,'' Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk said. "We've got to win at home. We can't lose games at home. We don't want to leave any points out there.''

Alexandre Daigle put the Penguins up 1-0 from the low right circle at 5:23 of the second period. The Penguins (0-6-1) are winless in seven games at Tampa Bay since a 2-0 victory on Mar. 17, 1999.

Penguins center Mario Lemieux's 11-game point streak was snapped. It was the first time he was held pointless since Pittsburgh's season opener Oct. 10 against Toronto.

"We had some good chances,'' Lemieux said. "It was a pretty good game until the third period when they got a couple of goals.''

Lemieux had one shot, and was on the ice for two Lightning goals. He played 24 minutes, 12 seconds, the second most of any Pittsburgh player.

The Penguins were outshot 22-16.

Tampa Bay tied it at 1 late in the second period on Lecavalier's power-play goal. He fought off a check by Kent Manderville and scored from the low slot.

"He's playing well,'' Lemieux said of Lecavalier. "He's a fast skater, faster than I thought he was the first couple of times I played against him. And he's got a little bit of meanness in him, which is great. He's not afraid of anybody, and he plays hard every night.''

Both Hedberg and Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin had several strong saves.

Hedberg made a sprawling stop on Jimmie Olvestad's short-handed breakaway late in the second period. Khabibulin made a glove save on Daigle during a first-period 2-on-1.

Modin made it 3-1 during a 2-on-1 with 7:06 left.

Game notes

Pittsburgh, which entered with the NHL's top-ranked power-play, went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. ... St. Louis has six assists and nine points during his current point streak. ... The Lightning snapped an 0-for-20 power-play slide on Lecavalier's second-period goal. ... Lightning D Nolan Pratt, a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay's first 13 games this season, was in the lineup. ... Pittsburgh RW Alexei Kovalev's career-high 11-game point streak was ended.

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