Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lightning 8, Penguins 2

So what happened?
The Pens played their worst game in several years and squandered a chance to close out the series at home in Game 5 today.

The game didn't start like a blowout. The Pens played extremely well for the first 15 minutes - they just couldn't beat Roloson (who looked shaky).

Then Gagne beat Fleury after a nice series of passes by the Lightning (where the Pens seemed to be mesmerized by the puck movement) and Stamkos struck less than a minute later.

The second period would prove to be worse than the first, with Flower getting yanked after the fourth goal and Johnson not faring much better.

The Pens were able to get on the board a few times in the third, but it was after the score was 7-0 and the game was essentially over.

Who scored?
Rupp (1), Conner (1)

The Good?
  • It's just one game and the team can forget about it quickly.
  • The first ten minutes were nice.
  • No one was hurt.
The Bad?
  • Everything else.
The Ugly?
  • A complete inability to stem the tide and hold the damage to a minimum
Any Surprises?
  • I don't think anyone would have predicted 8 goals on just 25 shots for the Bolts.
What's the series at now?
Despite this debacle, the Pens have the lead in the series, 3-2.

When is the next game?
It is back to the hard way, Monday night, in Tampa Bay.

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