‘‘They got right back into it and our three-goal lead evaporated,’’ Bylsma said. ‘‘I like how we stabilized the ship.’’
The Penguins regained a two-goal lead, scoring on their own two-man advantage. It was the 11th straight game in which they scored a power-play goal, and the first time in five games Tampa Bay allowed a goal with the man advantage.
Kris Letang rushed to keep the puck in the zone at the blue line, sending a spinning pass to Crosby, who set up Bennett’s first NHL goal, a one-timer past Garon.
‘‘Beau was in a good spot there,’’ Crosby said. ‘‘He’s a pretty gifted player, he has a lot of talent and he found the open lane.’’
Conacher scored 3:15 into the third period, one-touching Hedman’s pass past Fleury to make it 4-3. But the Lightning, whose 32 third-period goals rank No. 1 in the NHL, couldn’t forge a tie despite Hedman’s near miss in the final minute.
‘‘They’re a good team that has great offense and it’s going to bite you if you give them the puck, and that’s what happened tonight,’’ Boucher said.
NOTES: Crosby moved into third all-time in team history with 637 points, behind Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. ... Cooke got his 200th career assist on Martin’s goal. ... Both teams play again Tuesday. Tampa Bay returns home to host Buffalo, while Pittsburgh opens a three-game road trip at Florida. In an odd scheduling quirk, the Penguins’ next home game is March 4 against Tampa Bay.