Penguins Vs. Lightning: Power Play Punishes Pittsburgh As Pens Fall In Tampa, 4-1

The Penguins were unable to capitalize on the power play, while Marc-Andre Fleury gave up his first two power play goals of the season in a loss to the Lightning.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning: Power Play Punishes Pittsburgh As Pens Fall In Tampa Bay, 4-1

After their most dynamic period of the season on Tuesday in a schooling of the Colorado Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. The game was plagued by penalties and defined by the power play - namely the Pens inability to convert on the man advantage and the Lightning's ability to capitalize on their opportunities and extend their lead

There were eight penalties alone in the third period. The Pens outshot the Lightning 34 to 18, but were unable to score against an impressive Dwayne Roloson. The Tampa goalie has had a rough season so far but he had perhaps his best game of the year on Tuesday night. The Pens peppered Roloson on the power play, including a 5 on 3 advantage in the third period, but the shots were simply not finding the back of the net.

But just one minute after Vincent Lecavalier's second goal of the night - an empty netter - the Pens would finally get on the board with a little over three minutes remaining. In the four-on-four scenario, Tyler Kennedy fired a shot from center that deflected off the shin pad of a Tampa defenseman and past Roloson for his second goal of the season. It was too little too late at point.

Pittsburgh will now travel across the peninsula to try and bounce back against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

For more Penguins coverage, please visit Pensburgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Raw Charge, SB Nation's Lightning blog.


Penguins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Pens Give Up Power Play Goal To Fall Behind 2-0 After Second Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins peppered Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson throughout the second period but it was the Lightning that added the only goal of the period, extending their lead to 2-0. Pittsburgh went on the power play two more times in the second but were still unable to convert, putting them 0 for 4 so far tonight. On their last power play, it appeared the Pens would finally break through for the first goal but Roloson stood on his head. Evgeni Malkin fired it off the post and the puck went off the back of Roloson but stayed out of the net. Roloson then went without his stick for a good 30 seconds of the power play and Malkin would have another great chance down low but was stoned. Just seconds later, it appeared Steve Sullivan had rammed the puck over the the line, trying to stuff it through against Roloson's pad but the referee blew the play dead before the puck crossed the line.

Unlike Pittsburgh, Tampa was able to convert on the power play for their second goal. It was the first power play goal allowed by Marc-Andre Fleury this season. The goal was redirected by Brett Connolly on a shot from out top, sliding through the five-hole of the Pens' netminder. The sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft, it was Connolly's first power play goal of his young career. The goal came at the tail end of the power play, with Tyler Kennedy in the box for high-sticking.

The Pens dominated the period, outshooting Tampa 14-6. Like Tuesday night against Colorado, they will need some more 3rd period firepower to get back in it down two.


Penguins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Lecavalier Gives Tampa 1-0 Lead After First Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins are down 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning after one period at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning took the lead after a sloppy Penguins turnover deep in their own zone. Tampa captain VIncent Lecavalier opened the scoring, when he took advantage of the turnover to quickly convert his 7th goal of the season. Lecavalier swiftly skated from the corner and flipped it through the five-hole of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Coming off their most explosive period of the season on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, it was a slower first frame in Tampa as the Pens outshot the Bolts only 7 to 5 and were unable to serious challenge Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson. Pittsburgh should have plenty more scoring chances as the Lightning netminder has been among the worst in the league this season, ranking near the bottom among all goalies in both goals against average and save percentage. Roloson has had a particularly brutal first month of the season.

Notably for Pittsburgh, forward Richard Park was scratched by Pens coach Dan Bylsma.


Penguins Vs. Lightning: Pittsburgh Begins Two-Game Florida Road Trip Thursday

The Penguins (11-4-3) take on the struggling Lightning (8-7-2) on Thursday night in a 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs rematch.

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