But now, heading into the locker room, still tied with the Lightning at 2-2, it’s hard to imagine either team feels anything but tired.
The Penguins outshot the Lightning again in the overtime period, the fourth time in four periods today, 11-8, increasing their margin for the game to 51-30.
Aaron Asham came agonizingly close to ending the game midway through the period for the Pens when his redirection of a Jordan Staal pass was stymied by a sliding Dwayne Roloson.
But with time winding down, the Penguins were called for the rarest of rare: a penalty in an overtime period in the NHL playoffs. But the Lightning were relatively ineffective over their two minute advantage and the teams now ready for a fifth period of play.
In an injury update, Maxime Talbot returned to the ice for the Penguins at the start of the period.