TAMPA, Fla.-Fredrik Modin scored two power-play goals and John Grahame stopped 20 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rob DiMaio and Brad Richards also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who rebounded from Friday’s 8-2 loss to New Jersey. The Lightning were 3-for-9 on the power play.

Pittsburgh failed to score on its two power plays. Maxime Talbot netted a short-handed goal with 1:13 left to spoil Grahame’s shutout bid.

Penguins captain Mario Lemieux didn’t play because of a stomach virus. He had just one assist in the previous three games after sitting out on Nov. 16 at Philadelphia with a similar ailment.

Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby was in the lineup, two days after bruising his left foot. He was struck by a shot during the third period of the Penguins’ 6-3 loss Friday night at Florida.

Richards put the Lightning up 1-0 when he redirected Nolan Pratt’s shot from the point at 7:55 of the first. He has four goals and 12 points during a 10-game point streak.

Grahame extended his right pad to stop Matt Murley on a short-handed penalty shot with 10:37 left in the first. He improved to 8-1-1 against Pittsburgh

Crosby had two good scoring chances and a hit during the first. He had scored six times in his previous five games.

Tampa Bay had the first five power plays, including three during the opening seven minutes of the second period that resulted in two goals and an 11-0 shot advantage. Power-play goals by DiMaio, at 4:58, and Modin, at 6:51, made it 3-0.

The Lightning outshot Pittsburgh 18-3 in the second.

Modin scored his second of the game at 5:23 of the third.

Penguins goalie Jocelyn Thibault made 32 saves.

Notes: The Lightning are 9-1-1 in their last 11 home games against Pittsburgh. … Penguins LW John LeClair hasn’t scored a goal in eight games. RW Mark Recchi has one goal in the last 10. … Lightning C Vincent Lecavalier has one goal in his last 11 games. … Pittsburgh LW Andre Roy (fractured orbital bone) hasn’t ruled out returning in about two weeks. He has missed 16 games.

AP-ES-11-27-05 1925EST


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