Burke made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season, and
the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Saturday night.
"It's always a good feeling," Burke said. "You want to
contribute, you want to be a guy your team has confidence in. When
you can go out there and do the job, that's why you play."
The Lightning opted to stay with Burke, who had allowed three
goals in two straight wins. He posted his 37th overall shutout.
John Grahame, who has a 9-1-1 record against Pittsburgh, was the
backup but will start against Florida on Sunday.
"Sean has played well at a very important time of year," Tampa
Bay coach John Tortorella said. "Johnny will get a start. If we
can get the two of them going, it's a good problem to have."
Burke made an in-close save on Ryan Malone during a Pittsburgh
power play with 14 minutes to play.
Vincent Lecavalier scored for Tampa Bay, which has won a
team-record eight consecutive home games. The defending Stanley Cup
champions are tied with Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern
Conference. Ninth-place Atlanta is six points back.
"It's an ugly two points, but you have to win them,"
Pittsburgh rookie center Sidney Crosby left after two shifts in
the second period with a lower body injury. He briefly returned in
the third period.
"It's not a major injury," Penguins coach Michel Therrien
said. "It's day to day. We'll evaluate tomorrow. We'll find out
Crosby, who had his four-game goal-scoring streak end, returned
to the ice with 15:37 left in the game and played five shifts.
"He came to see us after the second period and felt that he
could try on the power play and we played him on the power play,"
Crosby is the youngest NHL player to record 90 points, according
to the Elias Sports Bureau. He reached the mark at the age of 18
years, 243 days, during a four-point performance in Friday night's
5-1 win at Florida. Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, at the age of 18
years, 343 days, held the previous record.
Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a backhander 51
seconds into the second. Vinny Prospal set up Lecavalier's 35th
goal of the season on a pass from behind the net.
Tampa Bay nearly took a two-goal lead at the 6-minute mark, but
Brad Richards hit the post during a Lightning power play. Richards
had a 10-game point streak end. He had 16 assists and 18 points
over the stretch.
"Both goalies played well," Therrien said. "It was the type
of game that one goal made a difference."
Don Koharski appeared in his 1,500 NHL game as a referee.
He was honored before the opening faceoff. ... Lecavalier has three
goals and five assists during a five-game point streak. ...
Pittsburgh is 2-36-9 when its opponent scores the game's first
goal. The Penguins are 0-39-9 when trailing after two periods. ...
Richards has gone eight games without scoring a goal.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Don Koharski, Wes McCauley Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Mark Pare
Attendance: 20,844 (105.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Vincent Lecavalier (35)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Cory Sarich