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.