First off, congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning. While I think they'll get smoked by a team with any kind of scoring touch, they did what they needed to do to win three straight from the Pens and take the series.
Tonight's game was all about missed opportunities. The Pens had more glorious, golden scoring chances that I can remember in recent history. They simply could not find a way to score. Dwayne Roloson was a big part of the reason why, but it's not like these problems just started in this series.
Dominic Moore is the real offensive hero for Tampa, throwing another reverse pass from behind the net to Sean Bergenheim, who had a wide open cage to work with. It was a near duplicate of the Game 6 goal.
Other than that, the Pens controlled this game, almost from beginning to end. They dominated the zone time, they got pucks to the net, they did everything possible. The only thing they couldn't really do was move the puck enough to get Roloson moving side to side. It was like the Bolts were content to allow the shot from the wing so long as there was no pass to be made. If that was their strategy, it worked extremely well, especially in that Roloson didn't have to work very hard to make his saves.
- Is there anything good to be taken from the season ending like this?
- At least people will stop talking about Sid and Geno coming back and let those guys heal completely for next season.
- The diving penalty to Letang was really poor. It was a bad time for a stupid Clueless Zebra to try to make a point of not getting shown up (Letang had been yelling for a call on an earlier sequence).
- The power play just was unable to convert this entire series, including 0-25 at home. That's really ugly.
- Nothing is too surprising in a Game 7.
What's the series at now?
When is the next game?
The Bolts move on to get killed by the Caps. The Pens are off until October.