The skidding Pittsburgh Penguins entered Saturday Night on a three-game losing streak and it wouldn’t be easy trying to break it against the best team in the NHL in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh dominated from start to finish in a 5-2 victory. This was also Pittsburgh’s first victory this season in the second game of a back-to-back.
Bryan Rust scored a short-handed goal for the Penguins in the first period. Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby scored power-play goals for the Penguins late in the first. Kessel scored his second goal of the game for Pittsburgh in the second-period on a fast break.
Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal for the Lightning in the second period. Sidney Crosby scored another power-play goal in the third-period for the Penguins. Cory Conacher scored for Tampa Bay in the third.
Evgeni Malkin missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. This was a much needed win for the Penguins and they set the tone early. Tristan Jarry was amazing between the pipes with 33 saves. He kept them in the game early until the offense started to bury the puck in the back of the net. Peter Budaj stopped 29 shots for the Lightning.
Chris Kunitz received a video tribute tonight in his return to Pittsburgh and also got his championship ring. Tampa Bay won the season series 2-1 and it wouldn’t be shocking if these two teams met in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.