Crosby hat trick propels Penguins
Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period Saturday night. The Penguins won 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
TAMPA, Fla. – Sidney Crosby had three goals and an assist and Matt Niskanen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 18.6 seconds left, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night.
Niskanen scored the game-winner from the top of the left circle. Crosby assisted on the goal.
Crosby tied it at 3 with a knee-high re-direction of Rob Scuderi’s shot 25 seconds into the third, and then put Pittsburgh in front when he scored from the right circle with 9:34 remaining for his third goal on the night.
Crosby has a point in all five games this season. It’s his longest point streak to start a season since a six-game stretch in October 2005.
Alex Killorn got the equalizer for Tampa Bay with 3:02 to play. Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning (3-2).
Brooks Orpik scored for the Penguins (4-1), who lost 6-3 Friday night at Florida.
Orpik stopped a 110-game goal drought dating to Nov. 21, 2011, when tied it at 2 just 1:50 after Stamkos’ goal. The defenseman has 12 career goals in 636 NHL games.
Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead on Purcell’s knee-high deflection during a power play with 4:18 to go in the second.
Stamkos, coming off a hat trick in Thursday’s 7-2 victory over Florida, gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead from the right circle at 5:11 of the second.
Crosby tied it at 1 with an in-close power-play goal 2:14 into the second.
Pittsburgh D Kris Letang and RW Matt D’Agostini, both sidelined by lower-body injuries, practiced. ... Tampa Bay G Ben Bishop (3-0) is hopeful of returning for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles. Bishop said he felt pretty good after taking shots in practice Saturday, two days after his right leg got jammed during the third period Thursday night. ... Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone fought 4 seconds into the game. ... Malone also received a 10-minute misconduct after a scrum early in the second.