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Friday, November 29th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (16-9-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (16-8-1), 4 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to post their first three-game winning streak since Steven Stamkos went down with an injury when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday's matinee in Central Florida.

The Lightning lost Stamkos for an indefinite period of time when he broke his right tibia on Nov. 11 in Boston. Tampa lost that game in Beantown and then went 4-3-1 over the next eight games without their star centerman.

Tampa won its first two tilts without Stamkos in the lineup before going on a four-game slide. The Lightning halted that 0-3-1 stretch with Monday's 5-0 shellacking of the visiting New York Rangers and continued the three-game homestand with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Lightning are boasting a 10-2-0 record on home ice this season and will shoot for an eighth straight victory at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today. Tampa hasn't lost a game as the host since dropping a 5-0 decision against Boston on Oct. 19.

On Wednesday, Victor Hedman scored twice and the Lightning almost coughed up a three-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation, but topped Philadelphia, 4-2, to spoil Vincent Lecavalier's return to Tampa.

Lecavalier spent 14 seasons with the Lightning and the former No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft totaled team records of 1,037 games played and 383 goals, along with 491 assists and 874 points. He was honored by the hosts with a lengthy video tribute in the first period which drew a standing ovation.

With the Flyers down 3-0 heading into the final two minutes of the third period, Lecavalier scored on the power play to cut the deficit to two. Mark Streit tallied for Philly just 40 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game, but Tyler Johnson would seal with win for the Lightning with an empty-net marker with 34 seconds left.

Ondrej Palat also lit the lamp for the Lightning, while Anders Lindback stopped 19 shots to hold on for the win.

Hedman, meanwhile, notched the second two-goal performance of his career. The 22-year-old defenseman has 22 goals over 283 games.

"It's fun to contribute on both ends of the ice," Hedman said. "You can't get satisfied. You want to keep going and winning hockey games, that's what's most important."

While Tampa held on for the win its most recent outing, the Penguins rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory Wednesday against visiting Toronto. Evgeni Malkin's second goal of the night tied the game in the third period, then both he and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout as Pittsburgh earned the comeback victory over the Maple Leafs at CONSOL Energy Center.

Pittsburgh trailed 4-1 early in the second period and 5-3 heading into the third before James Neal potted a power-play goal at 3:46 and Malkin followed just under four minutes later with his sixth of the season to tie the tilt.

Despite outshooting the Leafs 19-0 over the final 25 minutes, the Penguins were unable to push the go-ahead goal past Jonathan Bernier, forcing the game into a shootout.

After both shooters came up empty in the first round, Crosby skated in and got Bernier to commit early on a poke check before stuffing the disc into the net. Rookie Jeff Zatkoff, in his first NHL shootout, then stoned David Clarkson before Malkin ended the game with a quick wrister past Bernier's blocker side.

"I think we knew we had a lot of time left and fortunately we stuck with it," Crosby said of the comeback. "Give everyone credit for sticking with it because that first 25 minutes was as ugly as it gets I think."

Malkin added his 24th assist of the season, while Kris Letang registered a goal and two assists and Neal notched a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who had dropped two straight before rallying for Wednesday's victory.

Zatkoff stopped 11-of-13 shots in relief of starter Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled early in the second after giving up three goals on 11 shots.

After improving to 11-3-0 as the host on Wednesday, the Pens, who are just 5-6-1 as the guest, will open a three-game road trip today in Tampa.

Pittsburgh has won seven straight against the Lightning overall and the Pens have taken the past three meetings at the Forum.

Ben Bishop will get the start for Tampa on Friday. He is 0-1-0 with a lofty 6.04 goals against average in two career outings against the Pens. Fleury is 14-10-3 with a 2.48 GAA in 29 career games against the Lightning and he expects to get the call in net today.

11/29 10:44:41 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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WAS 3
STL 4
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TOR 5
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ANA 2
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BAL 2
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KAN 5
MIN 4
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CHC 8
CIN 4
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HOU 3
 
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CHI 3
 
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