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Penguins’ stars snap Lightning’s winning streak

Mar 22, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 22: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images

The Penguins might not need the points much anymore, but they will gladly take the morale boost that comes with earning a hard fought 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This was a game where the superstars did the heavy lifting for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal each found the back of the net during power-play opportunities. Malkin also scored the team’s only five-on-five goal at 16:43 of the third period to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

It looked like that might be the end of it, but Lightning forward Ondrej Palat skated through four Pittsburgh players to counter with just 1:22 remaining in regulation time to at least let the Lightning finish the game with a point.

The Lightning might have gotten more than that, but they were charged with having too many man on the ice in overtime. The penalty didn’t sit well with Tampa Bay as the call corresponded closely with the play being called dead due to an offside.

Regardless, the Lightning’s five-game winning streak is now over. They have a three-point edge on Montreal in the fight for the second seed in the Atlantic Division ahead of the Canadiens’ contest against Toronto tonight.

The Penguins seem destined to win the Metropolitan Division and finish second in the Eastern Conference, but this was still an important win for them after dropping three of their previous four contests.

  1. getinthefastlane - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Malkin’s backhand. Dirty.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      His forehand goal from minimal angle wasn’t too shabby either! The 2 goals put together, the puck was on his stick for about 1.5 seconds. He isn’t always at his super best, but when he is, mercy.

  2. orangandblack - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The Pens Defense were just spectators on that goal

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Maatta was flatfooted on Tampas third goal, it was a nice goal. An exciting game and I’m glad to see us get the win. I’d rather see the Penguins be the second seed in the East. Cause if they get through the divisional round and Boston does too then it might be a good thing to be the underdog. Since winning the Cup in 2009 the Pens have always been the favorite in every series played when prior to that they werent always the favorite. That’s just my opinion. Go Pens!

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Congrats to the Officials on their hard fought victory against Tampa Bay.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      You want some cheese with that whine?

    • c9castine - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      oh gee ive never heard that comment before.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Very entertaining game today, it felt like a playoff game today. I wish these two teams would meet in the Playoffs. It was a good gutsy win by Pens today.

  6. c9castine - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    tampa bay has a solid team they played a good game, they work hard, are well coached. Penguins matched the work ethic and discipline for the most part and were able to out power them. good game to watch. ondrej palat is going to be somebody.

    did you guys know anders lindback is 6’6″?

  7. killerpgh - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I was at the game an Despres looked really good to me. Seemed like he was partnered up with just about every other d-man at one point or another. It seemed like Despres only had 1 questionable play all game and even that wasn’t a horrible decision. Just a gamble play on a 50/50 pass that didn’t make it through. Now being at the game he I lacked replays of most plays so I was wondering if he appeared to play that well on TV.

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