Series (Game 2 of 4)

Tampa Bay leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 8th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 27th
Game 4: Thursday, January 29th

Lightning 3

(20-15-1, 47 pts)

Penguins 1

(11-26-3, 30 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 13, 2004

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
TB 2 0 13
PIT 1 0 01

C. Stillman (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Malone (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Tampa Bay (19-15-6-1) at Pittsburgh (11-25-5-3) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to duplicate their success against the Pittsburgh Penguins when they meet on Tuesday at Mellon Arena.

On November 8, the Lightning posted the most lopsided victory in team history with a 9-0 home thrashing of the Penguins. Vincent Lecavalier recorded his third career hat trick for Tampa Bay, which handed Pittsburgh its biggest defeat since 1979.

Lecavalier will not play Tuesday as he serves a one-game suspension for kicking Darius Kasparaitis in Sunday's game against the New York Rangers.

The Penguins have lost their last four home games by a combined 23-2 since beating Chicago on December 29, 1-0. On Saturday, Pittsburgh was pounded by Montreal, 8-0, allowing the Canadiens to score on four of their six power plays.

Pittsburgh had gone 2-9-1-1 in its prior 13 games before beating similarly struggling Philadelphia on the road on Monday, 2-1.

Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom and Tom Kostopoulos scored power-play goals and Jean-Sebastien Aubin had 33 saves as they snapped a seven-game winless streak against the Flyers.

The Penguins scored in each of the first two periods and hung on as Aubin stopped nine of 10 shots over the final 20 minutes.

The Lightning have won three straight contests and are aiming for their first four-game winning streak since taking their first six of the season.

On Sunday, Tampa Bay improved to 3-1 on its five-game road trip with Sunday's 2-1 triumph in overtime over the Rangers.

Jassen Cullimore netted the game-winner 2:03 into the extra period and Dan Coyle also scored for the Lightning, who went 0-for-7 on the power play but killed all five of the Rangers' man advantages.