Tampa Bay Sports Day

NHL: Lightning Hold Off Penguins to Win Game 4, Tie Series

TAMPA-  Tampa Bay evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece after holding on to defeat Pittsburgh 4-3 at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning scored four-consecutive goals to open the game before the Penguins responded with three goals in the third. The Bolts have given up three goals to Pittsburgh in the third period two games in a row.

Tampa’s Ryan Callahan scored 27 seconds into Game 4 for his second goal of these playoffs. Callahan, who skated in his 101st career playoff game Friday, tallied his 18th all-time postseason goal.

Andrej Sustr gave the Lightning a 2-0 advantage at 14:28 of the opening period with his first goal of the 2016 playoffs and second career playoff goal.

Jonathan Drouin netted a goal on a second-period power play to push the Lightning lead to 3-0. Drouin’s goal was his fourth of the playoffs and third in the last four games.

Tyler Johnson redirected a puck at the back post at 17:48 of the second period for a 4-0 Lightning advantage. Johnson has scored a goal in each of his last two games.

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves on 38 shots to record his first playoff victory as a starter. Vasilevskiy improved to 3-3 overall in the postseason.

Pittsburgh made a push in the third period starting with Phil Kessel’s eighth goal. Teammate Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal since April 28 to make it 4-2 at 11:13. Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal off a rebound with 6:52 left to make it 4-3.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray made 26 saves and was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury to start the third period. It was Fleury’s first game since March 31; he had been sidelined by a concussion

GAME NOTES: Callahan’s goal was the second fastest for the Lightning in a playoff game. Only Adam Hall’s goal 13 seconds into Game 2 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final versus Boston was quicker….Tampa Bay improves to 19-2 since the 2015 playoffs when scoring the opening goal…Sustr’s goal was his second point of these playoffs…The Lightning improved to 11-1 since the start of the 2015 playoffs when Johnson scores a goal…Amalie Arena was sold out for the 65th-consecutive game dating back to last season (includes playoffs). The Lightning sold out all 41 home games in 2015-16.