Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lightning top Penguins, series tied

PITTSBURGH -- Three broken teeth and a fat lip didn't prevent Martin St. Louis from helping the Tampa Bay Lightning bite back to even their first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.St. Louis had a goal and assist, Eric Brewer scored and added two assists and the Lightning rebounded to beat the Penguins 5-1 on Friday night.

Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson and Mattias Ohlund -- into an empty net -- also scored. Simon Gagne had three assists and Tampa Bay, coming off a 3-0 loss Wednesday night, rediscovered its high-powered offense to blow the game open with a three-goal first period.

Craig Adams scored for the Penguins, who came out flat and will have two days to regroup for Game 3 at Tampa Bay on Monday night.

For St. Louis, the performance was payback after the diminutive forward was livid that no penalty was called after he was cracked across the face by Zbynek Michalek's errant stick in the second period of Game 1. After a late-night trip to the dentist and two root canals, St. Louis was still unhappy but ready to move on when returning to practice Thursday.

The Lightning followed their top scorer's lead with an efficient opening period in which they scored on two of their first three shots, looking much like the team that finished second in the Eastern Conference with 247 goals.


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