February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
Steven Stamkos added goals 16 and 17 as the Lightning fell to the Penguins 4-3 at the CONSOL Energy Center Monday night.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead 4:13 into the contest as Chris Kunitz took a pass from Sidney Crosby that went through the legs of the starting goalie, Mathieu Garon.
Tampa Bay answered twice in the second; first with a Stamkos tip-in with 2:39 expired in the middle frame and then when a Nate Thompson lifter defelcted off of Tom Pyatt over the glove-side shoulder of Marc-Andre Fluery.
The second period was not all positive for the Bolts, who lost Garon after the netminder suffered a "lower body injury." Anders Lindback was sent in between the pipes, and made several fantastic saves to finish off the second period.
With all of the momentum with the Lightning, the Penguins' stars took over in the third period with Evgeni Malkin forcing a turnover and putting an All-Star move on Lindback to tie the game and Crosby putting them ahead less than two minutes later. On the Pittsburgh captain's scoring play, the Lightning had two ill-timed diving blocks, which left Crosby open in front of the net.
As the clock approached the final minute of regulation, Lindback raced off the ice to give the Lightning an extra skater, but James Neal was able to find the empty net to put the Pens ahead 4-2 with :52 left.
With eight seconds remaining, Stamkos had a back-handed redriect off a Vincent Lecavalier shot that sailed over Fluery. The goal was under review as the league needed to be sure Stamkos' stick did not go above the crossbar.
The goal stood, leaving Tampa Bay one score short of sending the game into overtime. With .5 seconds on the clock, the Penguins were called for icing, giving the Lightning one last chance to get a shot off had they won the face-off in the Pittsburgh zone. Lecavalier did not win the matchup and the clock expired, with the Bolts falling to the Pens 4-3.
The Lightning face the Devils tomorrow night in New Jersey, before heading home to host the Jets Thursday night.