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Lightning Vs. Penguins: Sidney Crosby Scores As Pens Pick Up Much-Needed Win

Sports Network | November 13, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Pascal Dupuis, Sidney Crosby, and Maxime Talbot each registered a goal and an assist, as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Alex Goligoski and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Penguins, who have won two of three. Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves.

“We’ve been playing better hockey,” Talbot said. “It was a big effort from everyone.”

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who have dropped two straight and five of six overall. Mike Smith turned aside 15-of-20 shots.

The Penguins broke a scoreless tie at the 8:01 mark of the second period. Kris Letang’s shot from the point was deflected into the net by Dupuis.

Just 27 seconds later, Goligoski made it a 2-0 game. Michael Rupp ended up with the puck at the bottom of the right circle following a battle for the disc behind the net. Rupp quickly dished off to Goligoski, whose wrister beat Smith.

Stamkos’ one-timer from the left circle on the power play at the 5:30 mark of the third made it 2-1.

Talbot gave Pittsburgh a two-goal cushion again at the 12:12 mark. Talbot led a 2-on-1 rush down the left side of the ice and decided to take things into his own hands with a snap shot.

Crosby and Engelland scored in the final minutes to seal the victory.

“Both teams didn’t get too many shots,” Stamkos said. “They just capitalized on their chances.”

This was the Lightning’s first-ever game at the Penguins’ new arena…Tampa Bay has lost five straight on the road…The Lightning recalled forwards Marc- Antoine Pouliot and Johan Harju from Norfolk (AHL)…Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier sustained a non-displaced fracture in his right hand in a 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Thursday. Lecavalier, who has three goals and six assists this season, is expected to miss the next three-to-four weeks of action.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.