Penguins Vs. Lightning: James Neal, Evgeni Malkin Lead Pens To 6-3 Victory

Evgeni Malkin scored three times in the third period and James Neal and two goals as the Penguins defeated the Lightning on Sunday, 6-3.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning Final Score: Third-Period Hat Trick By Evgeni Malkin Gives Pittsburgh 6-3 Win

After a scoreless second period, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning lit up the scoreboard for seven goals over the final twenty minutes at the Forum in Tampa Bay. When it was all said and done, Evgeni Malkin's eighth career hat trick led the Pens to the 6-3 win and a weekend sweep of the state of Florida. Malkin scored three unanswered goals to bust open the 3-3 tie and hand the Lightning their seventh straight loss.

James Neal led off the period with his second power play goal of the game, and his 24th of the season. Neal's one-timer rocketed into the back of the net just 34 seconds into the period to set the tone for a wild third. Matt Gilroy put Tampa on the board with their first goal just a minute and a half later. Gilroy took a feed from Steven Stamkos behind the net and buried his first goal of the season. Tampa then cut the lead to 3-2 on a power play goal by Ryan Malone. With the Bolts using five forwards on the power play, Malone deflected a Vincent Lecavalier pass into the net. Teddy Purcell then tied it up for Tampa, scooping up a rebound off Marc-Andre Fleury in front to make it 3-3.

But Malkin took it from there, running off three straight goals. The first came on a nifty backhand that beat Mathieu Garon less than a minute after Tampa tied it up. He then gave the Pens another two-goal lead, catching the Bolts in a line change and taking a turnover in for his 20th goal of the year. An empty-netter with under a minute to play finished off the dominant third period for Geno.

After the successful trip to Florida, the Pens now return home and will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh. For more on the Lightning, there's Raw Charge and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Pittsburgh Controls The Action And Maintains 2-0 Lead After Two Periods

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to control the action in the second period of their matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning and maintained their 2-0 lead after forty minutes at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Pens enjoy a 32 to 13 advantage in shots on goal.

Richard Park nearly added his second goal of the night, rocketing a shot from the slot off the post. Tampa enjoyed a few more scoring opportunities in the second, but it the twenty minutes were again dominated by Pittsburgh. NHL leading scorer Steven Stamkos has yet to put a shot on goal, as Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens defense have clamped down on the Bolts offense.

It was a chippy second period, as the Bolts bad boy Steve Downie took a run at both Matt Cooke and Deryk Engelland. Downie was sent off the ice at the end of the period for roughing Cooke. It was his second penalty of the period, as he was sent to the box earlier in the second for boarding Craig Adams. The Lightning have lost seven in a row, and Downie has taken it upon himself to make things interesting.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh. For more on the Lightning, there's Raw Charge and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Pittsburgh Takes 2-0 Lead After First Period In Tampa Bay

Looking to sweep the Florida leg of their road trip, the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning after one period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Playing with a badly bruised foot, James Neal opened the scoring for the Pens with his 23rd goal of the year, beating the struggling Mathieu Garon. From a bad angle, Neal banked the shot off Garon's pads and over the goal line for the power-play goal less than four minutes into the game.

Richard Park made it 2-0 on an unassisted effort. Park fired a wrist shot from the slot that went up and over Garon's left shoulder. The Pens are outworking the Lightning so far on both ends, outshooting the Tampa 17 to five. The Pens work in the offensive zone and the soft goaltending that has plagued the Lightning all season has been the difference in this Sunday matinee.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh. For more on the Lightning, there's Raw Charge and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning: Against Struggling Tampa Bay, Pens To Try To Keep Offense Going

After scoring four times against the Florida Panthers, the Pens visit a Tampa Bay team that has given up three or more goals in seven straight games.

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