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Pens 3, Bolts 0: Postgame tidbits.

Some quick-hitting notes from the Penguins’ 3-0 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 on Wednesday night:

= Coach Dan Bylsma is now the all-time playoff wins leader in franchise history with 24 wins, breaking a tie with former coach Scott Bowman.

= The Penguins attempted 77 shots against the Lightning’s 1-3-1 trap-zone. The Lightning attempted only 58 shots against the Penguins. More important, the Penguins held an even-strength shots registered advantage, 30-28.

= Lightning RW Martin St. Louis was being examined by team doctors after taking a stick to the face. Coach Guy Boucher said Lecavalier should play Friday in Game 2.

= St. Louis and C Steven Stamkos were limited to three registered shots. They combined to attempt eight shots. St. Louis was second in the NHL in regular-season points, and Stamkos finished second in goals. Those two play on separate lines, but the Penguins’ top four defensemen – Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin – were ruthlessly efficient in terms of retrieving loose pucks and moving the puck quickly out of the defensive zone.

= The Lighting, one of six teams during the regular season to click at 20 percent on the power play, was afforded only one power-play chance. The Lightning was shorthanded six times for a total of 9:32. “You can’t expect to score goals if you’re in the penalty box,” Boucher said.

= Penguins RW Alex Kovalev scored his 45th goal in 117 playoff games, and his 12th in 40 postseason games with the Penguins. “He’s always had that ability to be a factor in the playoffs,” Bylsma said.

= The Penguins’ No. 5 and 6 defensemen, Ben Lovejoy and Matt Niskanen, played 9:45 and 12:21 respectively.

= The Penguins didn’t score a power-play goal, but they registered 10 shots and won 8-of-11 faceoffs on the advantage.


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. The Binker says:

    Hey, look, our franchise goalie (lol) just got beat again!

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