The Pittsburgh Penguins (17-7-3) played the Tampa Bay Lightning (14-12-2) on Saturday. Matt Murray would start for the Penguins. Andrei Vasilevsky would start for the Lightning. Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy would be the scratches for the Penguins. J.T. Brown would be scratched for the Lightning.
Nikita Nesterov would get called for holding at 4:43 of the 1st period. Nikita Kucherov and Trevor Daley would each get 5 for fighting at 8:52. Sidney Crosby would score at 12:03 to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang would get the assists. Evgeni Malkin would get a double minor for high sticking at 16:07. Jonathan Drouin would score a powerplay goal at 17:57 to tie the game at 1. Anton Stralman and Nikita Kucherov would get the assists. Penguins would have 15 shots to the Lightning 8 in the 1st.
Sidney Crosby would get called for slashing at 1:01 of the 2nd. Valtteri Filppula would score at 3:38 to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. Nikita Nesterov would have the lone assist. Jonathan Driou would score his second of the game at 10:19 to make it 3-1. Vladislav Namestnikov would get the lone assist. Andrej Sustr would get called for holding at 15:52. Evgeni Malkin would score on the powerplay at 17:25 to make it 3-2. Phil Kessel and Kris Letang would get the assists. Penguins would have 11 shots to the Lightning 6 in the 2nd.
Alex Killorn would get called for holding the stick and Trevor Daley would get called for slashing at 1:57 of the 3rd. Nikita Nesterov would get called for high sticking at 3:41. Sidney Crosby would score his 2nd of the game on the powerplay at 5:08 to tie the game at 3. Phil Kessel and Kris Letang with the assists. Braydon Coburn would get called for hooking at 8:25. Cedric Paquette and Ian Cole would each get 5 for fighting at 8:25. Evgeni Malkin would score on the powerplay at 8:36 to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Trevor Daley and Phil Kessel would get the assists. Patric Hornqvist would get called for tripping at 19:44. The Penguins would have 11 shots in the 3rd to the Lightning’s 9.
The Penguins would go 3 for 5 on the powerplay and kill 3 of 4 penalties. Matt Murray would make 20 saves on 23 shots. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby would each have 2 goals. Phil Kessel and Kris Letang would have 3 assists each. Trevor Daley and Brian Dumoulin would each have an assist. The Penguins are now 18-7-3 and play the Arizona Coyotes on Monday