TAMPA Nice start, nasty finish.

That description fits the Penguins' 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday night, but those words are equally applicable to their three-game road trip.

A couple of longtime Penguins punishers Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier, with his 25th career goal, and right wing Martin St. Louis, his 15th and 16th sent the Penguins to 1-1-1 on a trek that began last Thursday night with an inspiring overtime win at Nashville.

Lecavalier scored on a two-man advantage midway through the second period, and St. Louis capitalized on a partial breakaway at 6:40 of the third before adding a late empty-net goal.

The final two periods, during which the Penguins were outscored, 3-0, left little from which to draw inspiration. Seven of their 10 credited giveaways came during that span, as did 10 shots that were blocked and five missed.

"We're not happy with the second and third," center Sidney Crosby said. "Honestly, there's not much to say. We got beat."

Something could be said about the Penguins' apparent lack of focus after taking a 3-1 lead and chasing Lightning goalie Mike Smith less than 10 minutes into the game.

[HIGH-LIGHT]"Discipline, that's what it is," defenseman Brooks Orpik said of an element the Penguins lacked[/HIGH-LIGHT].

They are 5-4-1 (11 points) and will play Philadelphia at Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

The Lightning, off to a hot start at 6-2-1 (13 points), gained a measure of respect.

[HIGH-LIGHT]"They were getting chances even when we were up 3-1," forward Craig Adams said. "But we took too many penalties (nine) ... and we did definitely lose our focus at times."[/HIGH-LIGHT]

This loss seemed fairly unlikely considering:

In only 2:39 of action during the first period, Adams ended regular-season droughts in goals (119 games) and multi-point performances (84 games). His three points were his most since matching that total Dec. 13, 2005.

Short-handed goals by Adams and left wing Matt Cooke within a span 1:01 provided two goals on one penalty kill for the first time since April 11, 2009.

Also, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped two breakaways and a penalty shot in the second period.

Still, he surrendered a first-shot goal for the second straight start though, as was the case at Nashville, this first career-goal by Lightning center Dana Tyrell in this contest was not totally his fault.
Fleury, who is 1-4-0, has allowed a goal on an opponent's first or second shot seven times in 18 starts dating to the opening of last postseason.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

"I don't do anything different (at the start of games)," he said. "I just need to stop them."
Coach Dan Bylsma did not put this loss on his beleaguered starting goalie, not with the power play so clearly a factor.
It went 0 for 5, occasionally looking sharp when in the zone when the Penguins did manage to gain possession, which wasn't often enough for Bylsma's taste.

[HIGH-LIGHT]The Penguins went 0 for 15 on this road trip and are 8 for 64 (12.5 percent) on the season.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

After right wing Pascal Dupuis scored at 12:15 of the opening period to put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, they went on a power play because of Lightning left wing Sean Bergenheim's interference penalty.

They failed on that man-advantage despite moving the puck well, and 35 seconds after their power play ended, the Lightning pulled with a 3-2 score on right wing Teddy Purcell's first goal at 16:40.

Bylsma and his players considered that sequence the turning point.

It probably cost them two points.

Again the AHL coach & his Buddies still don't have a ****IN clue that them Kissing *** IS THE PROBLEM !!