Bolts 5, Pens 1: Postgame tidbits


• Eight seconds into the second period, Ryan Malone was penalized for closing his hand on the puck. Not exactly what coach Guy Boucher had in mind with his team protecting a 3-0 lead. “We had talked about exactly what happened and avoiding it. (The Penguins) are home, they are a proud team and we knew they were going to be coming out hard. Then, we take a penalty on the first shift. That’s something we had just talked about (not doing) before the period.”

• The Penguins dropped to 31-20 in Game 2 of a playoff series and 22-7 at home. Entering the game, they were 9-1 in their past 10 Game 2s on home ice dating to the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Florida.

• With a goal and an assist, Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis has 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 46 career playoff games.

• The Lightning are 4-0 all-time on the road in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

• After going 12-0 in the first two home games of playoff series against East opponents from 2008-09, the Penguins are 3-3 in those games over the last two postseasons.

• The Penguins are 6-1 in their past seven road Game 3s against Eastern Conference teams dating to the 2008 postseason.