Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby scored twice and added an assist, as the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3, at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins, playing without star center Evgeni Malkin, scored three straight goals in the first period and held on while improving to 5-1-0 since getting swept by New Jersey in a home-and-home series earlier this month.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, while Paul Martin, Beau Bennett and Matt Cooke all scored for Pittsburgh, which now sits atop the Atlantic Division.
Anders Lindback gave up three goals on 10 shots before being pulled for Mathieu Garon, who made 10 saves in relief. Steven Stamkos scored and assisted on goals from Eric Brewer and Cory Conacher for the Southeast Division leaders, who had won three of four coming in.