The Lightning showed why it's imperative to keep them off of the power play. Their four goals (4-for-6) on the man advantage turned a comfortable lead into a humiliating one.
Comparatively, the Penguins' power play was inept once again. The power play unit was given plenty of opportunities in the 1st and 2nd periods to get back into the game, but, in finishing 0-for-6, squandered each of them.
This was also a prime example of why the 'shots on goal' statistic can be a meaningless one. The Penguins held a comfortable lead in shots, but all of Tampa Bay's goals came off of prime scoring opportunities, whether they were on rebounds or crisp passing combinations.
Steven Stamkos and Simon Gagne looked great when the game was still in question. The Penguins had done a great job nullifying Stamkos until today, and it was one of the main reasons Pittsburgh jumped out to a 3-1 series lead.
Don't bother blaming the loss on any individual players. This was a collective bed-wetting.
It was also just one game. As the Penguins showed in Game 3, they're more than capable of rebounding from a nasty defeat.
The Penguins dictated proceedings throughout most of the period before Simon Gagne opened the Lightning’s account. With about 3:03 remaining, the Canadian sniper finished off a slick passing sequence with a hard-angled, one-timed shot that Marc-Andre Fleury could do little about.
Moments later, Steven Stamkos emerged from anonymity to put a rebound past Fleury, increasing the Lightning’s lead to 2-0.
Brooks Orpik came closest to scoring for the Penguins with just under seven minutes to go in the period, letting loose a slapshot from the point that found it’s way through traffic before ringing off of Dwayne Roloson’s post.
The Penguins outshot the Lightning 13-8 in the period. They’ll have a chance to pull a goal back early as they carry a 1:27 in power play time into the 2nd period off of a roughing call on Vincent Lecavalier.
With a 3-1 lead, the Pens certainly have a cushion here. But they won't want to allow the Lightning to force a Game 6. A Game 6 would mean a return to Florida, and the Pens won't want to give the Lightning a chance to tie the series with a win at home.