The Pens made the trip to Tampa Bay knowing they needed to at least win one of the two games.
Right from the opening faceoff this was a different Pittsburgh team from game two. They were everywhere. They won the races to every loose puck early on. Talbot finally scored a goal, on a shot that was perfectly timed on a fly by screen by Chris Conner. Forty six seconds later Asham buried a great pass from Mike Rupp to take an early two goal lead.
Of course a two goal lead in the playoffs disappeared faster than Jimmy Hoffa. Martin St. Louis scored two more goals to officially become the Mike Cammelari of this series. What a player St. Louis has been for such a long time. Respect.
The game was physical from start to finish. Ben Lovejoy got destroyed before the Pens first goal. Letang had some great hits, and Rupp played a fantastic game, as he hit just about every person in the Lightning organization.
Ryan Malone played in this game. Well, according to the boxscore anyway. He must have heard he doesn’t get paid during the playoffs, and decided to mail it in.
Stamkos was better than usual, but still mostly a non-factor. St. Louis has been everything for the Lightning. Roloson has been great as well.
Marc-Andre Fleury had a fantastic bounceback. He was spectacular. He almost made the save of the year on St. Louis’ second goal.
James Neal needs to get a GPS to find the net. I almost feel bad for him, but he makes millions of dollars to hit the net. He needs to get it together. Everyone keeps saying “wait till he plays with Sid”, well guess what, Sid can’t shoot the puck on net for him. It was really good to see Kennedy break his drought, by making it rain on Roloson for the game winner.
Game 4. Wednesday, 7:00. Bring it. Lets Go Pens!
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Written by Dustin Keener
My name is Dustin Keener. Born and raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I Live in Northern Virginia, and went to college in the Pittsburgh area. I am very involved in the hockey community. I referee, play, coach, and read/write everything I can about the game. I am 24, engaged, and loving life.