NHL

Mon, Apr 18, 2011 - 7:30 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Penguins hold off Lightning

Marc-Andre Fleury was protecting a lead for athe majority of the night.
Share This Story

   
 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

With stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin sidelined by injuries, the Pittsburgh Penguins are finding other players they can count on in the playoffs.

Old standby Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots and Tyler Kennedy, silent during the first two games of the postseason, stepped up offensively when the sputtering Penguins needed him most Monday night to score the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Maxime Talbot and Arron Asham also had goals for the Penguins, who took a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference best-of-seven playoff series and regained home-ice advantage. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Tampa.

''It's good to be ahead, but it's still early and there's still a lot to be played,'' Fleury said.

Pittsburgh rebounded from a 5-1 home loss in Game 2 despite giving up two more power-play goals to Martin St. Louis. The Lightning star erased a 2-0 deficit by striking late in the opening period, then again early in the third to give Tampa Bay hope of taking control of the series.

But Kennedy answered with the go-ahead goal just 31 seconds later, scoring in heavy traffic from in front of goalie Dwayne Roloson after Pittsburgh won a faceoff in the left circle.

The source of the go-ahead goal was not surprising, considering Kennedy posted career highs of 21 goals, 24 assists and 45 points during the regular season while helping the Penguins learn how to win without their biggest offensive weapons.

''He's added an offensive punch when we needed it, and he comes up with the game winner tonight. You've got to have some guys that will step up and score goals,'' Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. ''Asham's got two in the playoffs right now, and T.K. — like he has been doing for us in the last 30 games — steps up tonight and gets the game winner.''

Roloson yielded two goals in a span of 45 seconds of the first period, but the 41-year-old gave up little after that, finishing with 27 saves.

''He's playing great,'' Asham said of the Lightning goaltender, whose midseason acquisition has been one of the keys to Tampa Bay's resurgence following a three-year absence from the playoffs. ''He's been around a long time, and we've got to get some bodies in front of him — create some traffic — and our third goal was because of that. We had bodies around the net and T.K. battled and tucked it in for us.''

The Penguins have won six consecutive Game 3s and are 10-1 in the third game of playoff series dating to the 2008 postseason. Over the same stretch, Fleury is 12-4 following a playoff loss.

Talbot got the Penguins off to a fast start, scoring just seconds after Tampa Bay's Brian Downie excited a sellout crowd with a hard hit on Ben Lovejoy, leveling the Pittsburgh defenseman behind the Lightning net - but not before Lovejoy got the puck to Talbot who quickly moved up ice to score at the other end.

Asham made it 2-0 just 45 seconds later, taking a perfect pass from Michael Rupp and tapping the puck into the left side of the net.

''To be able to get the lead, get the two goals, I think was big for us and big for our mindset,'' Bylsma said.

After Tampa Bay scored twice on power plays in Game 2, Pittsburgh felt it was essential to stay out of the penalty box to minimize opportunities for the Lightning to make one of the NHL's most effective power plays a factor again.

The Penguins felt they lacked discipline in Game 2, when they thought they allowed Tampa Bay to goad them into several costly penalties and go 2-for-6 on power-play opportunities. The Lightning were 2 of 4 on Monday night, with St. Louis scoring at 15:19 of the first period and again at 2:12 of the third.

''We knew they were going to come out hard,'' St. Louis said. ''We bounced back, dug ourselves back, but we gave it away. It's tough. We would have liked to have played a tie game for a little bit.''

Notes: Crosby, out since early January with a concussion, had an off-ice workout, but didn't take part in Thursday morning's optional skate. ''His workout regiment, the one he's gone through over the last five days, continues to be all through the doctor,'' Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. ''There's no change in his status.'' ... Lightning LW Ryan Malone left during the second period with an upper-body injury but returned. ... The Lightning's Steven Stamkos recorded the first playoff point of his career with an assist on St. Louis' first goal. ... Pittsburgh was 0 for 2 on the power play, dropping to 0 for 15 for the series.

Tagged: Martin St. Louis, Arron Asham, Marc-Andre Fleury, Tyler Kennedy, Penguins, Lightning

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt