TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Defenseman Darryl Sydor is expected
to make his debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday when
they try to sweep a home-and-home series from the Pittsburgh
Sydor was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday for
center Alexander Svitov. The 31-year-old Sydor was the Blue
Jackets' top scoring defenseman with two goals and 13 assists in
49 games. A goal and six assists came on the power play, a
category in which the Lightning rank 22nd in the NHL at just
over 14 percent.
"Darryl Sydor is the top-four defenseman we have been searching
for quite some time now," Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster
said. "He will bring veteran leadership and significant playoff
experience to our hockey club."
The Lightning are returning to the St. Pete Times Forum after
winning the final three contests of a four-game road trip.
On Tuesday night, the Lightning had their power play clicking.
Defenseman Pavel Kubina scored two power-play goals and Cory
Stillman also tallied twice as the Lightning cruised to a 6-2
romp at Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay went 3-for-5 on the power play,
with Stillman tallying with the man advantage to snap a tie 6:12
into the third period.
John Grahame made his third straight start Tuesday and turned
away 20 shots to improve to 12-6-1. Grahame is 7-1-1 lifetime
vs. Pittsburgh, his best record against opponent.
Tuesday's loss was Pittsburgh's eighth in a row at home,
eclipsing the team record set from October 8-29, 1983. Rookie
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves and fell to 4-14-1.
The clubs are meetings for the fourth time this season and the
Penguins have lost the first three meetings by a combined 18-3