It simply doesn't happen.
So far, however, so good.
The Pens dominated the Lightning in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate, and the score wasn't close.
There was a bit of drama when the Lightning closed the gap to 2-1 on a power play goal by Stamkos, but the Pens answered less than two minutes later to push it back out to a two goal lead.
Jay McKee put on a shot blocking exhibition tonight, and the Pens as a team put on a "beat on Steve Downie" exhibition, which was really nice to see.
There were a few things to point out tonight that could use some work:
- The Pens had a chance to blow out this team and didn't do it.
- Along those lines, the power play had extended time on the 5-on-3 late in the second and was unable to score.
- Giving any team 7 power play chances isn't good, but the last three of those came at garbage time after the 4th goal was scored. I agree with what Bob Errey said - he felt the refs were just evening things out.
Next up: The Blues come to the Igloo on Tuesday night in the first Versus game of the year. Hope the contract squabble with Direct TV is cleared up by then...