Penguins tie Lightning 3-3 (19-Oct-2002)
Pittsburgh had three one-goal leads but were unable to hold off Tampa Bay and had to settle for a 3-3 tie. Goalscorers for the Pens were Jan Hrdina in the first period, Dan LaCouture in the second and Alexei Kovalev in the third.
Lines: Morozov-Lemieux-Kovalev, Hrdina-Robitaille-Daigle, LaCouture-Primeau-Nieminen and McKenna-Manderville-Donovan.
Defensive pairings: Laukkanen-Bergevin, Tarnstrom-Moran and Jonsson-Pushor.
Jan Hrdina opened up the scoring with his first of the season at 7:11 of the first period on the power play. Hrdina picked up a rebound of a Mario Lemieux shot and easily knocked it by Tampa Bay goaltender, Nikolai Khabibulin, from the crease.
Pittsburgh, Jan Hrdina 1 (power play) (Mario Lemieux, Dick Tarnstrom) 7:11
Shots after one period were tied at 7.
The Lightning tied the game at one with a Ben Clymer goal at 3:45 of the second. Clymer took a pass from Vaclav Prospal on a 3-on-2 and wristed it home from the top of the slot.
Tampa Bay, Ben Clymer 1 (Vaclav Prospal, Pavel Kubina),3:45
The Pens regained the lead with Dan LaCouture's first goal of the season just over four minutes later. LaCouture picked up a rebound of a Wayne Primeau shot which bounced off the boards behind the net and LaCouture one-timed a backhander by Khabibulin short-side.
Pittsburgh, Dan Lacouture 1 (Wayne Primeau, Ville Nieminen),7:57
Shots after two were 23-18 in favor of Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay tied the game at two early in the third period with a Martin St. Louis goal. St. Louis came in on a 2-on-1 with Brad Richards, took a cross-ice pass and fired it high into the goal.
Tampa Bay, Martin St
Louis 3 (Brad Richards, Fredrik Modin), 1:28
Alexei Kovalev scored his second of the season to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 5:49. Kovalev took a pass from Randy Robitaille, who was behind the net, and one-timed a shot home from the inside of the right circle.