"We came out to play," Lecavalier said. "The last few games,
I thought we played well. We just couldn't finish. Tonight, we
Tampa Bay had lost two straight after starting the season with
an eight-game unbeaten streak.
Lecavalier scored two second-period goals and completed his
third career hat trick with 14:29 left in the third. His first
career three-goal game came exactly a year earlier against the
Khabibulin was rarely tested, but did make a save on a shot by
Rico Fata from close range midway through the second.
"This is about as bad as it can get," Pittsburgh coach Ed
Olczyk said. "They just totally outplayed us."
Cory Stillman had a goal and three assists for the Lightning,
who outshot Pittsburgh 42-15. The nine goals is the most ever by
the Lightning in a game.
Penguins center Mario Lemieux missed his third straight game
because of a strained muscle in his left hip. Pittsburgh has lost
Brad Lukowich opened the scoring at 5:10 in the first period,
and the Lightning killed off a seven-minute short-handed situation.
"I think it was the important part of the game," Lightning
coach John Tortorella said. "It gave us a little bit of juice, and
it's got to hurt the Penguins not scoring a goal within those seven
The Penguins failed to mount a serious threat during the lengthy
power play, getting just four shots.
"You have to score on the power play and we didn't"
Pittsburgh's Martin Straka said. "We got a couple shots and that's
The power play came after Tampa Bay's Chris Dingman was checked
hard into the boards by Steve Webb. Dingman dropped his gloves and
went after Webb, who kept his gloves on. Pittsburgh's Steve McKenna
then grabbed Dingman before order was restored.
Dingman received a two-minute instigator penalty, five-minutes
for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.
McKenna was given a game misconduct, while Webb was not penalized.
Tampa Bay went up 2-0 with 16.9 seconds left in the first on
Fredrik Modin's goal.
Pittsburgh has been outscored 20-3 in the first period this
Lecavalier's short-handed goal at 12 minutes of the second
period put the Lightning up 3-0. He beat Sebastien Caron with a
backhander after stealing the puck from Dan Focht near his own net.
The Penguins have allowed seven short-handed goals this season.
They have scored seven power-play goals.
Stillman and Lecavalier scored in a 48-second span late in the
second to give Tampa Bay a five-goal lead.
Game Notes: Caron was pulled midway through the third after allowing
eight goals on 37 shots. ... Pittsburgh's most lopsided loss came
in a 12-0 setback to Montreal on Feb. 22, 1979. ... The Penguins
(3-7-3) have allowed the first goal in 10 of 13 games, going 1-7-2
in those games. ... The Lightning (8-1-1-1) are 7-0-0 when scoring
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