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Bolts 5, Pens 1: Postgame tidbits

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• 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.

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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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