Not even a three-goal lead is safe with the way the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing.
The Penguins are winless in their last eight games (0-6-2) and are 0-3-2 at home this season. The winless streak ties their worst stretch in Kevin Constantine's three seasons as coach.
"It was bad weather for us for quite a few games," Constantine said. "Tonight, I say it went from bad weather to a hurricane."
Gusev scored at 1:07 of the third period to tie the game at 4-4 after trailing 4-1. Lecavalier gave Tampa Bay its first lead of the game on a power-play tally at 4:32 when he took Pavel Kubina's cross-ice pass and beat goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin with a shot from the right circle.
Modin jumped on defenseman Darius Kasparaitis' giveaway at 10:06 and put a quick shot over Aubin's glove for a 6-4 lead.
Stan Drulia scored an empty net goal at 18:52. Tampa Bay had four goals on six shots in the third.
Pittsburgh had a 4-1 lead with less than three minutes left in the second period. Tampa Bay tied the game with three goals in 3:27 over two periods. Seconds after Tampa Bay goalie Dan Cloutier stopped a flurry of sots, Mike Sillinger slipped the puck under Aubin at 2:20 to get the Lightning to 4-2.
"This was embarrassing," Penguins defenseman Darius Kasaparaitis said. "We stopped playing our system and that's what happens. We have to change things before it's too late."
Steve Martins made it 4-3 at 18:55 when he redirected a pass behind Aubin.
Jaromir Jagr did not figure in those two goals, ending a streak of 15 consecutive Penguins goals which he either scored or had an assist.
But Jagr got his 11th goal of the season at 3:22 of the second period and has a point in all 12 games this season.
Jagr, the Penguins captain, was subdued after the meeting. He stayed in uniform and tested a new pair of skates and lingered after most of his teammates were leaving.
"We care a lot. We care a lot about the team and the city and we are embarrassing right now," Jagr said. "It bothers us a lot."
As far as what it takes to cure the slump?
"I don't have a clue," Jagr said. "We have to do something different because if we play the way we are now, we're not going to win many games."
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