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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.

Comments

  1. Mario says:

    0-13…they’re lucky to only be tied 1-1 series…
    2 things need to change now & next season
    #1 PP has to get better, can it get much worse?
    #2 great having #1 PK, but do we have to take so many STUPID penalties?

  2. GC says:

    I would like to see DE play. He deserves as did a couple of D men playing. Forget the puck moving business. We need a tough D man to go with Brooks. He will never keep up this pace with hits unless someone else helps out. We don’t score goals anyway so what is the big deal. You sign the guy to a 3 year extension. I guess he plays only when we might get into fights. What ashame. MN is that good. Wonder why Dallas parted with him, Oh thats right he was struggling and not the same player he was a couple of years ago. Ben L is that good. Its nothing personal, I think DE can play in these games. Oh well, hopefully the Penguins can sneak by Tampa Bay winning every game with one or two goals. Power play, not worth talking about. I agree, its to bad you can’t decline the penalty. This has been going on for years even when everyone was in the lineup. Blame who ever you want for the horrible PP, I don’t know who, but someone should be held responsible including players.

  3. The Binker says:

    It’s it time to play Johnson?

    His numbers were better than our franchise goalie in the regular season.

  4. Jay Baileys says:

    Seriously, you’re blaming Fleury? Did you watch game 1?
    Was he the moron who took all dumb penalties? I believe Max, Staal, and Brooks (who did) would blame themselves for the lack of discipline and stupidity of their selfish penalties. DId he do his best impression of Gonchar imitating a traffic cone like Martin did on the 3rd goal and then lolligagged back and couldn’t even stop the guy picking up the garbage on the rebound? Fleury didnt play great but I’d say only the 4th goal was his fault, possibly the first. But pretty tough to blame the guy on a 2 on 1.
    It’s simple if the Pens are gonna give up 5 or 6 penalties a game they will lose this series, probably in 5 games. They may have had the best PK all year, but Tampa had the best PP in the conference. They have had 1/2 the chances as ours and already scored twice. Our PP is beyond lame its a friggin embarrassment right now. It’s not even a question of zone time or quality scoring chances it’s which will be more the number of times they have to get the puck behind Fleury or how many times the fans groan at the awful play they just witnessed. At this point you just don’t want to give up a shorty cause the PP isn’t winning them squat. Fleury standing on his head is the only shot they have right now! Unless 87 is gonna suit up soon which doesn’t appear likely. Even at that he won’t be in mid-season form, so not sure how much he will help anyway. He can win a timely faceoff and maybe do something to help that PP, but I think just having him back would give them a lift. Not sure if he’ll be enough at this point though.

  5. The Binker says:

    You can have Neal. Wouldn’t Arnott look good in a Pens unie right now?

  6. Patricia says:

    Do you know why Derek Engelland is not playing? I realize I am not the coach but would he not make a good contribution in the playoffs? I know the D we have now is superb but wonder if I am missing something I am not aware of. Thank you!

 
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