Remember those distractions the Tampa Bay Lightning had to endure?
Well, through it all, the defending Eastern Conference champions have emerged and are now one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League . Since the start of January, the Bolts have lost twice. In 13 games.
They continued their hot streak Friday, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins — another of those teams on an impressive streak — by a final score of 6-3, with Tyler Johnson leading the way with three points. He was one of six Tampa Bay players to record a multi-point night.
Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots.
Tampa Bay is now five points behind the Florida Panthers for first in the Atlantic Division.
For the Penguins, the loss keeps them on the outside of the playoff bubble for now. They remain one point back of New Jersey for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
— Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to nine games. He also has goals in five straight and is one point shy of 900 for his career.