PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning finally grabbed a lead and regained some of their pace in the technique.
Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh scored 10 seconds apart in the 2d duration and the Lightning picked up their first regulation victory of the season with a 5-1 desire over Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening.
A evening after a loss to Buffalo that included giving up three targets in the third duration, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions had their most complete efficiency of the young season.
Brayden Point’s backhand 31 seconds into the 2d gave the Lightning their first lead in regulation this season. When Palat and McDonagh beat Tristan Jarry twice correct past the game’s midway point, the Lightning might possibly well exhale a puny for the first time in a really very prolonged time.
“There’s a bunch of discuss abet-to-backs and the best likely scheme tense they are,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper mentioned. “In most cases abet-to-backs are wished. We wished a game ravishing after (Monday) evening. I had a correct feeling the blokes would reply. They with out a doubt did tonight.”
Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn added third-duration targets for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for the Lightning, who won in Pittsburgh for correct the fourth time of their final 17 visits.
The sport also gave the Lightning a minute measure of revenge after the short-handed Penguins topped them 6-2 in Tampa Bay in the season opener two weeks ago, inserting a puny of a damper on a evening the Lightning raised their 2021 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.
Tampa Bay looked a step tiring that evening and is peaceable trying to salvage its footing early on of their exclaim for a “three-peat,” but on Tuesday the Lightning did flash the short-strike capacity that’s change into their trademark sometime of their bustle on the pinnacle.
Pittsburgh — fidgeting with out injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — made a protracted push to blueprint even sometime of the 2d duration. The Penguins pinned the Lightning deep into their beget stop for over a minute. Vasilevskiy made a few key saves and almost in the present day after the Lightning cleared the zone, they pounced.
Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin’s lead poke used to be intercepted by the Lightning, and Alex Barre-Boulet fed a streaking Palat, who beat Jarry from the slot to get it 2-0 11: 18 into the 2d.
McDonagh broke it birth 10 seconds later when the Lightning managed the ensuing faceoff and Steven Stamkos skated in the abet of the Pittsburgh acquire, giving McDonagh enough room to get birth for a one-timer that gave the Lighting a likelihood to chill.
“They’re a excessive-powered offense and you give them the different to play offense savor that, they’re going to make basically the most of it,” Penguins forward Jason Zucker mentioned.
FIRST REGULATION LOSS
The Penguins saw their sizzling initiate minus Crosby and Malkin reach to an stop. Pittsburgh fell to a couple-1-2, the first time in six video games they’ve didn’t describe a level. Zucker’s third-duration honest unfriendly Vasilevskiy’s exclaim for a shutout but Jarry wasn’t comparatively as crisp as usual while making 26 saves.
“I assumed our crew competed tense,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan mentioned. “I believe we keep ourselves in a issue to desire the hockey game. I don’t believe the rating used to be indicative of how the game used to be.”
Pittsburgh looked as if it can per chance desire the lead with 5: 16 left in the first duration when Brock McGinn followed his shot from the ravishing circle and raced to the acquire to tap in the rebound. The honest used to be waved off because officials blew the whistle, even supposing the puck by no formula stopped animated.
Sullivan mentioned referee Marc Joannette got right here over and apologized later on for shedding review of the puck.
“I used to be appreciative of his honesty,” Sullivan mentioned. “That’s hockey, there’s a human ingredient infrequently to it.”
Crosby participated in an non-compulsory skate Tuesday morning and is nearing a return after undergoing left wrist surgical treatment in early September.
Sullivan joked he’s confident his crew’s longtime captain will get his pains in the lineup abet at any time when he’s cleared by scientific officials.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD
The final time the Lightning led in regulation forward of Tuesday evening used to be Recreation 5 of the Stanley Cup final on July 7, on their technique to a 1-0 victory and the franchise’s third title.
So, yeah, being in entrance used to be more or much less good.
“It helps out in a bunch of areas,” McDonagh mentioned. “It correct creates more momentum for you, makes the opposite crew press a puny of bit. You withhold it easy and withhold going north and forecheck, you get more targets that technique. It used to be a correct ticket for us.”
Lightning: Returns house for two video games, starting Thursday against Arizona.
Penguins: Continues an eight-game homestand Thursday evening when Calgary visits.
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