Lightning cruise past Penguins, get first regulation win

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PITTSBURGH — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning won in regulation for the first time this season, 5-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh scored 10 seconds apart in the second period for the Lightning (3-3-1), who had lost three in a row, including 5-1 at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for the Penguins (3-1-2), who have played their six games without centers Sidney Crosby (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (knee). Pittsburgh had its season-opening five-game point streak end.

Brayden Point gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead 31 seconds into the second. After taking a pass from Alex Killorn in the neutral zone, Point drove past Penguins defenseman John Marino for a backhand to the blocker side.

It was Tampa Bay’s first lead of the season. Its previous two wins came in overtime.

Before Point’s goal, Brock McGinn had one waved off that would have put Pittsburgh ahead at 14:44 of the first period. An initial shot from McGinn went up and over Vasilevskiy’s shoulder, but a whistle blew the play dead as McGinn followed by tapping the puck past the goal line.

Palat and McDonagh gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead in the second. Palat took a wrist shot from the high slot, making it 2-0 at 11:18; Steven Stamkos set up McDonagh for a one-timer and a 3-0 lead at 11:28.

Danton Heinen had a chance to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to two when the puck slid out of the corner to him alone in front, but Vasilevskiy slid to his left and stretched for a glove save at 17:24 of the second.

Mikhail Sergachev scored an empty-net goal to extend the lead to it 4-0 at 16:55 of the third period before Jason Zucker cut it to 4-1 with a wrist shot on the power play at 17:43.

Killorn scored into an empty net for the 5-1 final at 18:55.

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