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Aftermath: Lightning 2, Penguins 0

Wednesday, 03.31.2010 / 10:46 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan
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Aftermath: Lightning 2, Penguins 0
 

LINKS
 
 
QUICK ANALYSIS
Pittsburgh missed a golden opportunity in the opening minutes of the game with a five-minute major power-play chance. The Penguins failed to convert, and Tampa Bay took control with a man-advantage score with three minutes left in the first period.

The Penguins threw 27 shots on goal but couldn’t solve goaltender Mike Smith. Tampa Bay held down Pittsburgh’s offensive attack and escaped with a victory.
 
WHAT HAPPENED
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored his 46th goal to edge within one of NHL leader Sidney Crosby and the Tampa Bay Lightning prevented Pittsburgh from gaining ground in the Eastern Conference race, beating the Penguins 2-0 on Wednesday night.
 
SHOT OF THE NIGHT

Sidney Crosby protects the puck from Tampa Bay's Alex Tanguay.
(photo by Getty)
ESSENTIALS
What Went Well: Guerin Steps Up
Bill Guerin showed some guts when he tried to fire up his teammates by dropping the gloves with Lightning tough guy Zenon Konopka. Guerin held his own and even landed a few blows. Not bad for a 39-year-old.

What Could Have Gone Better: Major Power Play
Pittsburgh started the game with a juicy opportunity as Tampa Bay’s recent recall Matt Lashoff, playing in his first NHL game, took a five-minute major penalty for boarding two minutes into the game. The Penguins had a chance to get up early and put some pressure on the Lightning but failed to notch a goal.
 
DIFFERENCE MAKER
 
Steven Stamkos is only in his second season, but you can already see the brilliant talent that made the Lightning snatch him with the No. 1-overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Stamkos drilled his 46th goal of the season into the net for the game-winner on a power play. Only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby has more goals (47) than Stamkos.
 
SCORING SYNOPSIS
The Lightning grabbed the first lead with a power-play goal with three minutes remaining in the opening period. Steve Stamkos, positioned inside the top of the near circle, took a pass from Martin St. Louis and buried a one-timer past Marc-Andre Fleury. Tampa Bay 1, Pittsburgh 0.

Tampa Bay extended its lead with a goal 29 seconds into the second period. The Lightning carried the puck from their zone on a three-on-three. Bill Guerin dropped his stick, creating a three-on-two. St. Louis dropped the puck to Steve Downie inside the near circle. Downie snapped a shot under the arm of Fleury. Tampa Bay 2, Pittsburgh 0.
 
INTRIGUING NOTABLES
 
There was an ugly incident in the game’s first two minutes when Ruslan Fedotenko was slammed face first into the boards by Tampa Bay’s Matt Lashoff. Fedotenko lay motionless on the ice and needed assistance to the locker room. Thankfully, he returned later in the period. Lashoff, who was on his first shift of his first NHL game, was given a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct.

Following the game, the Penguins held a meeting that lasted around 15 minutes. The team originally had Thursday off, but head coach Dan Bylsma scheduled an 8:30 a.m. practice at Mellon Arena instead.
 
GAME NOTES
 
> Scoring Summary:
TB, S.Stamkos PP (46), 17:00 1st period: Lightning 1, Penguins 0
TB, S.Downie (22), 0:29 2nd period: Lightning 2, Penguins 0

> Pittsburgh dropped to 44-26-7 on the season for 95 points, with a 23-11-4 mark at Mellon Arena. The Penguins maintain a one-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.

> The Penguins are now 30-3-3 at home in the month of March/April since the 2006-07 season. Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 this March.

> Pittsburgh is 8-4-3 since the Olympic break.

> The Penguins have killed 45 of the last 49 shorthanded situations (91.8 percent).

> All-time under head coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins are 62-29-11; and 33-12-5.
THREE STARS QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
1. S. Stamkos
2. M. St. Louis
3. M. Smith
“Exactly what was said.”
- Brooks Orpik on what needed to be
said by the team after the game

Author: Sam Kasan

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