The Lightning, who lost all three games at home, have won six straight over the Penguins.
Tampa Bay has not won since its last game before the Olympic break, a 6-5 win at Boston on Feb. 11. The Lightning have been outscored 18-4 since, including a 4-0 defeat to Ottawa on Monday night.
“I thought we played with more energy, I thought we did better things tonight,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “Both teams had some opportunities. They scored on a couple. We didn’t.”
Brad Richards’ eight-game point streak ended in the loss. It was the second time Tampa Bay has been shut out this season, and the first since a 2-0 loss to Florida in the second game of the season.
Tampa Bay is seventh in the Eastern Conference, but only four points ahead of ninth-place Atlanta, which won Monday.
“Right now, we’ve got to find a way to win, home or away,” said goalie Sean Burke, who made 30 saves against Ottawa. “We’ve got to find that formula again and start putting some points on the board.”
Tampa Bay right wing Evgeny Artyukhin may be suspended by the NHL after receiving a match penalty for hitting Ottawa’s Antoine Vermette in the head with his helmet during a fight in the second period.
Pittsburgh has fallen behind by large deficits in its last two games.
The Penguins lost 7-5 to Carolina on Saturday night after trailing 5-0 in the first period. Two days earlier, they allowed the first four goals to Ottawa before losing 4-3.
“We’ve got to get off to better starts,” said Mark Recchi, who had a hat trick against the Hurricanes. “You keep falling behind 4-0, 5-0, it’s pretty tough.”
John LeClair also scored a goal against Carolina, giving him four goals and four assists during a four-game points streak.
Cole suffered a broken vertebra in his neck after the check by Orpik—who leads the Penguins with 102 penalty minutes—and will be out 6-to-8 weeks.
Pittsburgh is looking to win at home for the first time since Jan. 25 and only the second time since Dec. 31.