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TAMPA, Fla. -- There must be something about Tampa Bay that brings the best out in Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins center posted his eighth career hat trick in helping Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over the Lightning on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

In doing so, Crosby extended his point streak against the Lightning to six games. During the streak, he has seven goals and five assists.

Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the winning goal on a power play with 19 seconds left in regulation on a slap shot off an assist by Paul Martin.

Crosby's third goal of the night gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead at 10:26 in the third period when he received a pass from behind the Lightning end line and sent a slap shot past Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback.

Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn evened the score at 16:58 of the third period with his second goal of the season off a pass from Richard Panik.

After the Lightning had taken a 3-2 lead into the third period, Crosby tied the score with his second goal of the night when he redirected a slap shot by Rob Scudari early in the third.

NOTES: Crosby has points in his first five games of the season, the longest point streak to begin a season since a six-game streak at the beginning of the 2005 season, his rookie year. ... Penguins D Brooks Orpik scored his first goal since doing so 110 games ago against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21, 2011. ... Lightning LW Ryan Malone and Penguins RW Craig James dropped their gloves and fought four seconds into the game. ... Malone received a 10-minute misconduct penalty 1:34 into the second period. ... Lightning D Mark Barberio and D Keith Aulie both were healthy scratches. ... The Lightning recalled G Cedrick Desjardins from the Syracuse Crunch to serve as a backup to Anders Lindback.

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