Martin St. Louis scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third and added a late empty-netter to help the host Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night.
St. Louis blew past Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy and lifted a shot over goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to put Tampa Bay up 4-3 with 13:20 to play, then made it a two-goal game with Fleury on the bench for an extra skater with 30.8 seconds remaining.
Dana Tyrell, Teddy Purcell and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning.
Pittsburgh got goals from Craig Adams, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis. The Penguins have lost two in a row, including a 1-0 overtime loss at St. Louis on Saturday night, after a four-game winning streak.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who shared the NHL goal-scoring title (51) last season with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, had three assists. Crosby, held to two goals in his last 12 games against the Lightning, had an assist.
After Tyrell scored his first NHL goal at 2:51 of the first, Pittsburgh scored the next three goals, including two while short-handed by Adams (3:28) and Cooke (4:29). Adams, who assisted on the Pittsburgh’s other two first-period goals, stopped a personal 118-game goal drought, dating to Dec. 16, 2008, against Edmonton.
Dupuis made it 3-1 at 12:15 of the first, with the goal coming 11 seconds after Pittsburgh killed off a short-handed situation.
Purcell got Tampa Bay to 3-2 with 3:20 left in the first period.
Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith was pulled 12:15 into the first after allowing three goals on seven shots. Dan Ellis replaced Smith.
The Lightning tied it 3 on Lecavalier’s goal during a 5-on-3 power play at 8:43 of the second. Tampa Bay had several short-handed chances later in the period, including Nate Thompson hitting the crossbar on a breakaway and Fleury stopping Sean Bergenheim on a penalty shot.
The two teams combined for just 14 goals — seven by both — in four games last season.
BLACKHAWKS 3, KINGS 1 — Marty Turco made 33 saves, and Viktor Stalberg scored the deciding goal to help host Chicago snap a two-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.
CANADIENS 5, ISLANDERS 3 — Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern each had a goal and an assist, and host Montreal extended its winning streak to three with a victory over New York.
CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 0 — Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 shots for his first NHL shutout, and Washington beat Carolina to spoil the Hurricanes’ first game on home ice.
THRASHERS 6, RANGERS 4 — Niclas Bergfors had a goal and an assist and visiting Atlanta scored twice early in the third period before holding on for a victory over New York.
LABOR AGREEMENT — The new labor agreement between the NHL and the league’s officials is in effect.
The league’s board of governors and the NHL Officials’ Association ratified the four-year pact Wednesday that was agreed to Oct. 4. The deal will run through the 2013-14 season.
MAPLE LEAFS — Toronto forward Colby Armstrong will need surgery for a finger injury and is expected to be out for at least four weeks.
BLUES — St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak will have surgery to repair a severed tendon in his right wrist and be sidelined indefinitely.
OILERS — Former Edmonton owner Peter Pocklington was sentenced to six months of home detention for making false statements in his Southern California bankruptcy case.