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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 is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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