It was just over a week ago that Carolina, which has become little more than an afterthought in the Eastern Conference playoff race, decided it didn't have a use for Jussi Jokinen.

His greatest value, management concluded, would be by departing in a trade to open some future salary-cap space, even if that meant Carolina had to pick up some of his contract for this season and next.

And so Jokinen was sent to the Penguins, who are comfortably atop the East and a serious threat to finish with the best record in the entire league. And who have found him to be a pretty useful guy to have around.

Jokinen scored the Penguins' first and fifth goals and set up another in their 6-3 victory against Tampa Bay at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night, giving him three goals and two assists in his first three games with them.

Might be the most best return general manager Ray Shero will get on a late-round, conditional draft choice.

"He's done a great job since he's been here," left winger Chris Kunitz said. "A great addition."

Jokinen wasn't the only Penguin to have a productive night, as winger Pascal Dupuis chipped in with a goal -- his 20th this season -- and two assists.

Even more noteworthy, Tanner Glass knocked in a rebound during a five-on-three power play at 16:40 of the third period for his first point in 41 games this season. He had been awarded an assist during the Penguins' 5-3 victory at Carolina Tuesday, but that was later taken away by the official scorer.

"It feels great," Glass said."It's one of those things. I don't measure my game, necessarily, by goals and points, but it's tough to not think about it when you have zero.

"It's nice to get that first one out of the way.

"Hopefully, they start coming more often."