The Pittsburgh Penguins (34-14-8) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (35-12-4) 5-1 on Thursday night at Amalie Arena. The loss snaps Tampa Bay's winning streak at five.
The Penguins got goals from Danton Heinen and Sidney Crosby in the first period to take an early lead. In the second period, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored to pull within 2-1, but Pittsburgh answered when Brock McGinn scored late to make it 3-1.
Pittsburgh added two goals in the third - including an empty net goal from Jake Guentzel - to make it 5-3. Evgeni Malkin had the other goal at the 5:14 mark of the third period, and finished the game a goal and two assists.
Andrei Vailevsky went 35-for-39 in the losing effort, while Tristan Jarry made 20 saves in net for the Penguins to pick up the victory in net.
In a rarity, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was ejected for game misconduct at the 19:06 mark of the second period.
The Lightning will look to bounce back on Friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings in the second game of a back-to-back. Puck drop from Amalie Arena is scheduled for 7 PM - pregame coverage begins at 6 PM on News Radio WFLA.
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