Tampa Bay got off to a fast start last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of the first period. That would not be enough as Malkin, Letang and the rest of the Penguins Team flipped the switch and for a period and a half, were unstoppable. The Penguins were able to win the game by a final of 4-2.
As Mentioned, the Bolts were able to get the first 2 goals of the game. The first being by Steve Downie at the 9 minute mark, and less than a minute later he was able to get another past Brent Johnson to make the game 2-0. The Lightning were 7-1-2 in the last 10 games. So this seemed like just another game for Tampa in this stretch.
It was at that point, that the tide turned and the Penguins did to Tampa what they have been doing to most teams. They got aggressive, and started playing very offensive and recently when they were able to play their game it would spell doom to their opponent. And that was certainly the case last night. The Pen’s first line continues to play at an extremely high level. Evgeni Malkin was able to get Power Play goal at the 17 minute mark of the 1st period. That would be it for the first period.
The second period was all Pittsburgh, and then it was all over. The Penguins started the second period with a goal by Chris Kunitz less than a minute into the period to tie the game up. Kris Letang scored 5 minutes later, then Evgeni Malkin was able to get his second goal of the game at the 11 minutes mark. That was all the Pens needed and that ended up being all the got.
Kris Letang finished with 1 goal and 2 assists and was named the games top star. Malkin was awarded the games 2nd star. Brent Johnson was able to rebound from a shaky start and get a much needed win. He has now put together a couple of good starts in a row. The Pittsburgh Penguins will play their next game on Wednesday where they will take on Anaheim at Home.
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