|Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates with fans after scoring his first goal of the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)|
Malkin has 3 goals, 2 assists in Pens' win
Malkin scored twice in a stretch of 1:49 midway through the third period to put Pittsburgh ahead 5-3 after the Penguins had blown a three-goal advantage earlier in the frame. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 56 seconds to play.
Richard Park had the other goal for the Penguins, who have won two straight following a six-game losing streak.
Matt Gilroy, Ryan Malone and Teddy Purcell scored for the Lightning, who have lost seven straight and dropped into last place in the Eastern Conference.
Malkin scored on an in-close backhander at 7:38 of the third to break the 3-all tie and then skated in from the left wing boards and beat Mathieu Garon with another backhander with 10:33 remaining.
After Gilroy scored his first goal in 71 games, dating to Jan. 5, 2011, against Carolina, at 2:00 of the third to make it 3-1, Malone connected on Tampa Bay's first power play at 4:53. Purcell then tied it with a rebound goal past Marc-Andre Fleury at 6:50.
Neal scored his second of the game, and 12th power-play goal, to make it 3-0 just 34 seconds into the third. He gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead during a power play 2:43 into the game.
Park made it 2-0 from the slot at 10:38 of the first to snap his 17-game goal drought.
The Penguins outshot Tampa Bay 17-5 in the first. The Lightning have been outscored 54-30 during the opening period this season.
Pittsburgh had second-period shots by Park and Ben Lovejoy hit the post, and the Lightning had a potential goal wiped out when it was ruled that Malone put the puck into the net with a high stick. The call was upheld after a video view.
NOTES: Lightning RW Martin St. Louis has gone 11 games without a goal, but has 13 assists during that time. He had one assist on Sunday. ... Pittsburgh had been 1 for 18 on the power play before Neal's goal in the first. ... Tampa Bay D Marc-Andre Bergeron missed his second straight game because of an undisclosed upper body injury.