TAMPA (WDAE) -- Victor Hedman's power play goal with under a minute to play snapped a 2-2 tie and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning rally from down 2-1 to start the third period and take a 3-2 contest from the Pittsburgh penguins Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning used a strong first period to take the early lead, as a flurry in front of the Pittsburgh net ended with Alex Killorn redirecting a slap shot from Nikita Kucherov past Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry midway through the period for a 1-0 lead.
Tampa Bay could not take advantage of a Erik Gudbranson roughing penalty later in the period, and saw the Penguins start to grab momentum late in the period after Anthony Cirelli took a double-minor for roughing. Early in the second period, Brandon Tanev kept the puck away from the Tampa Bay defense and eventually beat Andrei Vasilevskiy to tie up the game.
The Lightning nearly went back ahead with just over a minute to play in the middle period, but when Yanni Gourde's shot went off the post, it triggered a rush the other way which ended with Jake Guentzel one-timed a Sidney Crosby cross to beat Vasilevskiy and give Pittsburgh the 2-1 lead through two periods.
Pittsburgh spent the start of the third period trying to fill all the shooting lanes and Jarry keeping the puck out of the net. But Tampa Bay was able to even the game up seven minutes into the frame when Luke Witkowski's pass was one-timed by Ryan mcDonagh and redirected by Paquette for his first goal of the year.
Tampa Bay was aided late by a pair of Penguins penalties, first an infraction by Zach Anton-Reese for throwing his stick to his teammate, and then by Guentzel for hooking Anthony Cirelli. The Lightning took advantage as Hedman's blast from the blue line beat a screened Jarry to break the tie.
Vasilevskiy endured the ensuing 6 on 5 attack, including snaring a Kris Letang shot from the crease at the goal line just as time expired.
Tampa Bay will wrap up their homestand Saturday when the Nashville Predators come to Amalie Arena. faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 and can be heard on NewsRadio WFLA.
- TBL: GOAL - Alex Killorn (1). ASSISTS - Kucherov, Sergachev. TIME - 9:46.
- PIT: GOAL - Brandon Tanev (2). ASSISTS - none. TIME - 5:06
- PIT: GOAL - Jake Guentzel (6). ASSISTS - Crosby, Simon. TIME - 19:01.
- TBL: GOAL - Cedric Paquette (1). ASSISTS - McDonagh, Witkowski. TIME - 7:07.
- TBL: GOAL (PP) - Victor Hedman (2). ASSISTS - Stamkos, Johnson. TIME - 19:03.