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Modin, Grahame lead Lightning past Lemieux-less Penguins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins had a bad weekend in
Florida.

Fredrik Modin scored two power-play goals and John Grahame
stopped 20 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-1 victory over the
Penguins on Sunday.

Not only did Pittsburgh drop two games in three days, they
played Sunday without captain Mario Lemieux and with sore rookie
center Sidney Crosby.

Lemieux, the player-owner of the Penguins, didn't play because
of a stomach virus. He had just one assist in the previous three
games after sitting out on Nov. 16 at Philadelphia with a similar
ailment.

"When people look at him, sometimes they look at him only as a
player," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "The guy has got a
lot on his plate ... arena situations, ownership stuff, leading a
team. He's being counted on (for) a lot of things. The guy has a
lot on his mind."

Crosby was in the lineup two days after bruising his left foot.
He was struck by a shot during the third period of the Penguins'
6-3 loss Friday night against Florida, in which the Panthers
snapped a 12-game losing streak.

"It's pretty sore, but it didn't hinder me that much," Crosby
said. "Toward the end of the second, it started to get pretty
sore. When you're out there skating, you don't think about it too
much."

Rob DiMaio and Brad Richards also scored for the defending
Stanley Cup champions, who rebounded from Friday's 8-2 loss to New
Jersey. The Lightning were 3-for-9 on the power play.

Lightning coach John Tortorella, however, was not pleased with
his team's play in the first.

"John Grahame was the reason why we won the hockey game,"
Tortorella said. "We could have been down by two or three goals at
the end of that first period the way we came out and played. After
getting spanked like we did against Jersey and show up and start
the game like we did against Pittsburgh ... there's no excuse
why."

Pittsburgh failed to score on its two power plays. Maxime Talbot
netted a short-handed goal with 1:13 left to spoil Grahame's
shutout bid.

"We were guilty of the penalties we took," Crosby said. "But
at the same time I thought there was a couple of times where we
drove the net and we probably could have drew one. I don't think
they missed the blatant calls."

Richards put the Lightning up 1-0 when he redirected Nolan
Pratt's shot from the point at 7:55 of the first. He has four goals
and 12 points during a 10-game point streak.

Grahame extended his right pad to stop Matt Murley on a
short-handed penalty shot with 10:37 left in the first. He improved
to 8-1-1 against Pittsburgh.

Crosby had two good scoring chances and a hit during the first
period. He had scored six times in his previous five games.

Tampa Bay had the first five power plays, including three during
the opening seven minutes of the second period that resulted in two
goals and an 11-0 shot advantage. Power-play goals by DiMaio, at
4:58, and Modin, at 6:51, made it 3-0.

The Lightning outshot Pittsburgh 18-3 in the second.

"It was obviously a big game for us," Modin said. "We just
want to forget about New Jersey. We were a little shaky in the
first period. Johnny made some good saves for us, kept us in the
game and we managed to get our game back on track."

Modin scored his second of the game at 5:23 of the third.

Penguins goalie Jocelyn Thibault made 32 saves.

Game notes
The Lightning are 9-1-1 in their last 11 home games against
Pittsburgh. ... Penguins LW John LeClair hasn't scored a goal in
eight games. RW Mark Recchi has one goal in the last 10. ...
Lightning C Vincent Lecavalier has one goal in his last 11 games.
... Pittsburgh LW Andre Roy (fractured orbital bone) hasn't ruled
out returning in about two weeks. He has missed 16 games.