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Jokinen Has 2 Goals, Pens Beat Lightning 6-3

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jussi Jokinen scored two goals and added an assist, Pascal Dupuis had a goal and two assists, and the Eastern-Conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 Thursday night.

Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Tanner Glass had the other Pittsburgh goals. Dupuis has three goals and eight points during a four-game points streak.

Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang was back in the lineup and had an assist after missing the previous six games with a lower body injury. The Penguins are still without center Sidney Crosby (broken jaw), left wing James Neal (concussion) and defenseman Paul Martin (hand).

Pittsburgh has a six-game winning streak against the Lightning.

Teddy Purcell had two goals for the Lightning. Brett Connolly had the other Tampa Bay goal.

Early third-period goals by Malkin and Jokinen gave the Penguins a 5-2 lead. Glass got his first goal in 56 games during a late third-period power play.

Kunitz put Pittsburgh up 3-1 with a redirection on the power play early in the second period. But Connolly stopped a personal 54-game goal drought dating back to Nov. 17, 2011 against Pittsburgh, when he got Tampa Bay within 3-2 with a man-advantage goal.

The Penguins had taken a 1-0 lead 4:07 into the game when Jokinen scored from near the post on a rebound. Dupuis made it 2-0 during a power play on another rebound goal.

After Malkin was called for tripping while battling for position in front of the Tampa Bay net, Purcell cut the Lightning deficit to 2-1 from the right circle. He connected off a pass from Steven Stamkos on the ensuing power play.

Purcell also scored in the final minute of the game.

NOTES: Crosby missed his fifth consecutive game. Neal has been out the past two games. Martin, sidelined six straight games, has resumed skating on his own. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman missed his fourth game due to a lower body injury, but could return this weekend. … Malkin got his 556th point on his goal, which moved him past Kevin Stevens into seventh place on the Penguins’ career list.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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