NHL: Pittsburgh 8, Tampa Bay 1

Feb. 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Evgeni Malkin notched a hat trick and Jordan Staal added a pair of goals Saturday in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-1 rout of Tampa Bay.

Malkin added an assist to bring his NHL-leading points total to 77 and Staal also added a helper as the Penguins rolled to their fifth win in seven games.

Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis also found the net while Steve Sullivan and James Neal each added three assists for Pittsburgh, which scored three times within a 4 1/2-minute span in the first period to grab control.

Mark-Andre Fleury turned aside 34-of-35 shots to earn the victory.

Teddy Purcell scored for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson yielded all eight of Pittsburgh's goals on 34 shots.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Steve Kerr takes leave from Golden State Warriors for back rehab
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp avoids jail in plea deal
Report: Miami Marlins interview Bo Porter for manager's job
Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler practices, might return in Week 4 from hamstring injury