Aftermath: Lightning 5, Penguins 1
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Big Screen Makes Big Impact
The Penguins knew the Lightning would come out hard in Game 2 to avoid a 2-0 series deficit. The Lightning did just that, scoring the opening goal two minutes after puck drop en route to a 5-1 win at CONSOL Energy Center to even the series at 1-1.
The Penguins wanted to play physical, but avoid taking penalties to keep the Lightning power play – the best in the Eastern Conference – on the bench. However, Pittsburgh was whistled for six penalties and the Bolts took advantage, scoring two power-play goals.
The Penguins had trouble getting some rhythm in the opening period – a combination of penalties and four-on-four play didn’t allow the team to get anything going. Tampa Bay capitalized on two odd-man rushes and a power play to jump out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Pittsburgh finally got to their game in the second period, completely dominating play. However, they only managed to squeeze one puck behind Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson to make it a 3-1 game. Unfortunately for the Penguins, Martin St. Louis scored a power-play goal with just 14 seconds left to up the Bolts' lead to 4-1.
The series shifts to Tampa Bay tied at 1-1. The Penguins were one of the best road teams in the NHL this season. They’ll bring that mentality next Monday in Game 3 at St. Pete Times Forum.
STAR OF THE GAME
As soon as the playoffs start, it’s Craig Adams' time to shine.
The fourth-line center came through once again with a postseason goal for the Penguins in Game 2.
On the play, netminder Dwayne Roloson tried to play the puck at the side of the net. He juggled it before abandoning the rubber and heading back into the goal. Arron Asham picked up the puck and tried a wraparound shot. Roloson poked the puck into the slot, where Adams found it and ripped it into the twine.
Adams finished the game with one goal, two shots, three hits, and plus-1 rating in 13:59 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins trailed 3-0 after the first period, but built some momentum in the middle frame. Pittsburgh started to dominate the play, hemming the Lightning in their own zone for much of the period.
The Penguins broke through on goalie Dwayne Roloson when Craig Adams buried a shot from the slot. Pittsburgh continued to hound the net, but couldn’t get another puck past the Bolts goaltender.
It looked like Pittsburgh would carry that momentum into the final period. But then the Penguins were called for a penalty with 40 seconds left. Martin St. Louis sneaked a shot in through Fleury's pads and post to give the Lightning a 4-1 lead with 14 seconds left in the period.
(AP) - Three broken teeth and a fat lip didn't prevent Martin St. Louis from helping the Tampa Bay Lightning bite back to even their first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
St. Louis had a goal and assist, Eric Brewer scored and added two assists and the Lightning rebounded to beat the Penguins 5-1 on Friday night.
- Tampa Bay struck first two minutes into the contest following an odd play. Steven Stamkos lost his stick in the Penguins zone and skated to the bench while the puck went up ice. But Stamkos was late getting to the bench and the play had gone the other way. By the time Nate Thompson jumped on the ice for Stamkos, the Bolts were coming the other way. Thompson’s presence created a two-on-one rush (an opportunity that only occurred due to Stamkos’ tardiness). Eric Brewer carried the puck and snapped a shot over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury for a 1-0 Lightning lead.
- The Lightning used another fortunate bounce to take a 3-0 lead late in the first period. There was a bouncing puck in the neutral zone that Paul Martin had difficulty playing. Steve Downie found the puck and carried on goal on a two-on-one break. Downie’s shot went off the pad of Fleury and right to the tape of Nate Thompson, who easily shot it into the open cage.
- Penguins fans set a new CONSOL Energy Center attendance record with 18,507 in the house for Game 2.
3 STARS OF THE GAME
#1. Eric Brewer
Defenseman - 2
#2. Simon Gagne
Left Wing - 12
2 PP assists
#3. Martin St. Louis
Forward - 26
1 PP goal
Author: Sam Kasan