With the win—their third straight—the Penguins clinched no worse than 2nd in the Eastern Conference standings.
The win also marked Kris Letang’s return to the ice after missing 9 of the last 10 games due to a lower body injury. Letang had an assist, 3 shots on goal, and 2 hits.
The game opened with Jokinen scoring his second goal as a Penguin when he redirected the puck into the net off of a pass from Brenden Morrow at 4:07 into the first period. Pascal Dupuis also picked up an assist on the play.
“I think it’s a pretty group to come in and help,” Jokinen said after the game. “The coaching staff has been doing a great job with me.”
Just 1:55 later Dupuis scored a power play, picking up his second point of the game and putting the Penguins up 2-0. The goal also served as Dupuis 20th of the season. Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskenan assisted on the play.
With 4:00 left in the period the Lighting got on the board when Steven Stamkos and Sami Salo assisted Teddy Purcell on a power play cutting the lead down to 2-1.
Chris Kunitz scored 1:48 into the second period with assists from Jarome Ignila and Kris Letang.
On another Tampa power play, Richard Panik and Alex Killorn assisted Brett Connelly to give him his first point of the season and in the process making the game 3-2.
Evgeni Malkin opened the third period with an unassisted goal, his 10th against the Lighting in the last 5 meetings, to put the Penguins up 4-2. It was Malkin’s got his 556 career point, moving him past Kevin Stevens into seventh place all time in Penguins history.
The lead expanded to 5-2 when Jokinen scored his second goal of the game off of assists from Douglas Murray and Dupuis.
Tanner Glass added his first point as a Penguin with a power play goal on a 5-on-3 with 3:20 left in the game. Jokinen and Iginla had assists on the play.
Purcell scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 1:30 left in the game.
The game had a combined 10 power plays in which the Penguins went 3 of 6 and the Lightning went 3 of 4.
The Penguins will conclude their three-game road stretch Saturday night as they visit the Florida Panthers.