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
"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,
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
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
Both Hedberg and Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin had several
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.
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.