LIGHTNING UPENDS PENGUINS IN OVERTIME SHOOTOUT, 3-2
Martin St. Louis scored the only goal in the overtime shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 triumph Sunday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Penguins (18-16-6), who embark on a three-game roadtrip beginning Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Ryan Craig got Tampa Bay on the scoreboard 7:09 into the second period with a power-play goal.
Sidney Crosby's dramatic goal with 3.2 seconds left tied the game at 1-all. On a 2-on-1, Mark Recchi sent a cross-ice pass to a streaking Crosby on the near post. Crosby went down to a knee and reached out into a full-extension dive to redirect the puck into the net. The highlight-reel goal sent the sold-out Mellon Arena crowd into a standing ovation.
"I tried to go on my knees so I could find where the puck was coming from. I wasn't sure if the puck was going to come through the defenseman, so I went to my knees and I got a little better look at the puck," Crosby said. "It was a little ahead of me, so I just dove and reached for it. I just tried to angle my stick up so the puck would get up. I wasn't sure if it'd go in."
Nick Tarnasky gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 5:56 remaining in regulation when he floated his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Recchi tied the game at 2-2 with 2:33 left on the clock with a power play goal. Crosby sent a cross-crease pass to Recchi along the far post. The puck deflected off Recchi and then off a Tampa Bay defender's skate and trickled into the goal. Evgeni Malkin added the other assist.
The game remained tied through overtime and went to the shootout, where the Lightning earned the win on the St. Louis goal.
ICE CHIPS: Chris Thorburn was the Penguins' healthy scratch...Andreas Karlsson was Tampa Bay's healthy scratch...The announced attendance was 17,132. It was the Penguins' sixth sellout in a row...Martin St. Louis (No. 1), Mark Recchi (No. 2) and Sidney Crosby were the game's three stars.