Lightning carry 7-game win streak into matchup against Penguins

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

Tampa Bay beats Pittsburgh, loses Kucherov to injuryTampa Bay kept its winning streak alive on Tuesday night, taking down the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime for their eighth straight win. The over is 5-2-1 in Oilers last 8 overall.

The price was steep, with forward Alex Galchenyuk, defenseman Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round pick all going the other way.

But in the third and final regular-season meeting between the teams, the Penguins will be hoping to reverse their recent fortunes against the Lightning as Tampa has won both meetings this season and six of the last eight head-to-head contests.

Zucker is likely to play Tuesday. That will alter the Penguins lineup, and they are looking for another change - a different outcome from the Thursday meeting with Tampa Bay. They're a team that's been playing really well. "It's good to having them back quick". Mikhail Sergachev also scored a power-play goal for the Lightning, who have now compiled points in each of their last 10 games (9-0-1).

INJURIES: Penguins: John Marino: out (fractured cheekbone).

Both teams are in the top five in the league.

After a slowish start to the season - certainly by last seasons' Presidents' Trophy-winning standards - the Lightning seem to have shaken their playoff hangover.

Lightning center Brayden Point cautioned against letting distractions creep in. Gourde's seventh goal of the season created a mob scene near the Pittsburgh net as Tampa Bay improved to 20-2-1 since December 23.

"These are still important games", he said. "We're playing for points still, so we have to keep an even keel (on) this road trip".

However the game was not all bright spots for the Lightning, as the team's second defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the game with an apparent leg injury.

"This isn't long-term, so he has the potential to play (Tuesday)", coach Jon Cooper said of Stamkos. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 43 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 108 shots on goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 103 goals on 1,283 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 41 goals on 470 shots. The Penguins could well end up facing Tampa in the playoffs, so they will look to avoid the 3-game regular season sweep with a win in this one.

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