The Pittsburgh Penguins got a few early breaks and bounces of the puck which allowed them to jump on the necks of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins scored 8 goals on there way to really lopsided 8-1 victory.
In the Playoffs last year, the Pens could not solve Rolie the Goalie, but they have been able to this year and especially today as they scored the first 5 goals starting with a snap shot goal from Chris Kunitz at the 11:09 mark of the first period. It was a very closely played period to that point. Less than a minute later, the Pens tacked on another quick goal from Matt Cooke on a wrist shot to make it 2-0. Before the end of the 1st period, the Penguins added a third goal from Jordan Staal, short handed.
The Penguins special teams continued to shine as Jordan Staal added a power play goal at the 10 minute mark of the second period. Less than six minutes later, the best player in the world, Evgeni Malkin started his assault on the points lead and the lightning by scoring his first goal of the day to make it 5-0. Tampa’s Teddy Purcell scored about a minute later to make it 5-1.
Evgeni Malkin continued his assault on the Bolts by scoring on another wrist shot at the 5 minute mark and he followed that up nearly 8 minutes later with the Penguins 2nd power play goal of the game and his 3rd goal of the game. Shortly after that goal, he sat down for the remainder of the game but the Pens were not done. Staal was close to a hat trick also, and as he through a wrist shot at Roloson, Roloson gave up a meaty rebound and that allowed Pasqual Dupuis to get in on the scoring to finish off the Lightnigh 8-1.
Roloson did not play his best game, but the defense was lacking today. They had many power play opportunities, but the Pens defense stood strong, and so did Marc Andre Fleury. The Tampa GM is currently unloading talent and restocking the shelves in order to build around Steven Stamkos. By the time the 27th rolls around, this team will look completely different.
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