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.