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Lightning hand Penguins another overtime loss

| Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) celebrates his goal against the Penguins with center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) reaches between skates to make a save during the second period against the Lightning on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) knocks the helmet off Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) during the first period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) watches his shot get past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and right wing Patric Hornqvist during overtime Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) carries the puck ahead of Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist during the first period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a deflection by Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) during the first period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) celebrates with teammates, including Sidney Crosby (87) and Patric Hornqvist (72, after scoring against the Lightning during the first period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) steals the puck from Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3 during the second period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley pumps his fist after scoring against the Lightning during the third period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) gets upended after crashing into Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and defenseman Jason Garrison (5) during the third period Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. — When the NHL announced the implementation of three-on-three overtime this season, the Penguins had to figure it might be a jackpot for them.

All that talent with all that open ice in front of them?

It hasn't worked out that way, though. Not lately, anyway.

Vladislav Namestnikov completed his hat trick 2 minutes, 11 seconds into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win over the Penguins on Friday night.

The Penguins have suffered overtime losses in three of their past five games. The Lighting have won four in a row.

“It's not going to get us close to the teams that are winning,” winger Chris Kunitz said. “We have to get better in games like this and feel that urgency and not give up that late goal.”

On the overtime goal, Nikita Kucherov took a shot from the outside that hit Namestnikov in front. He quickly pushed it past Marc-Andre Fleury, who is becoming less and less of a fan of three-on-three play.

“It's frustrating,” he said. “It's a little bit more of a team game than a shootout, but it can go either way.”

The overtime goal came after a wild final 10 minutes of regulation.

Kunitz gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead, taking a pass at the top of the left faceoff circle and wiring a shot to the top corner inches from the right post and inches from the crossbar with 6:12 to go.

Tampa Bay's Anton Stralman tied it less than two minutes later, hitting the top corner on a spinning backhand shot with 4:39 left.

“I was not happy to let the fourth one in,” Fleury said. “At least it's a point, but we've got to start winning games.”

The Penguins trailed for much of the game after running into serious penalty problems in the second period, starting when Matt Cullen was called for hooking Steven Stamkos at 7:45 and Eric Fehr was penalized for hooking Ondrej Palat off the ensuing faceoff 4 seconds later. About a minute after that, Cullen was sent off for cross-checking Anton Stralman.

In addition to giving a talent-rich power play plenty of time to work, including two lengthy two-man advantages, the Penguins had to try to fend it off with two of their best penalty killers in the box.

“That was really tough,” Fehr said. “They go five-on-three for two minutes like that, it's really tough to kill.”

They could not.

Valtteri Filppula scored 23 seconds into the first five-on-three, and Namestnikov tipped in a shot 7 seconds before the sequence of power plays ended to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead.

“We have to find a way to stay out of the penalty box,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We cannot give a team with that much firepower extended five-on-threes like that and back-to-back kills.”

The Penguins clawed back to tie the score with one goal in the second period and another in the third.

Patric Hornqvist finished off an Evgeni Malkin pass from behind the net with 5:37 to go in the second.

Midway through the third, after Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy lost his stick making a save on Phil Kessel on a two-on-one, Malkin made a cross-ice pass to Trevor Daley at the left dot for a goal that made it 3-3.

“I loved our fight,” Sullivan said. “I loved our determination. I thought we played hard tonight. I thought we played with a lot of fire. Things didn't go our way. We end up in the penalty box for a lot of second period, but we stayed with it.”

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter at @BombulieTrib.

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