Series (Game 4 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

Penguins 1

(11-33-3, 30 pts)

Lightning 5

(25-16-3, 59 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 29, 2004

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 1 01
TB 3 2 05

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

R. Fedotenko (Lightning - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Pittsburgh (11-32-5-3) at Tampa Bay (24-16-6-3) 7:00 pm EST

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 Penguins.

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 score.