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Lightning Vs. Penguins: After First Period, Pens' First NHL Playoff Game Still Scoreless

After the first period, the first game of the first-round NHL playoff matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins remains scoreless.

The Lightning lead the Penguins in shots, 14-10, but the Penguins have gotten great play from Marc-Andre Fleury, who has done a nice job moving forward to challenge shooters and cut down their angles. There was one play about halfway through the period in which Fleury lost track of the puck and thought it was behind him, and a Lightning player in front of the net raised his hands in celebration. But the puck was still in front of the net and the Pens managed to quell the threat, and that’s as close to scoring as either team got.

The Penguins have tried to play a very physical game, putting a number of tough hits on Lightning players, particularly at the beginning of the period. Still, at some point they’ve got to score, and they had three power-play opportunities in the first period that they didn’t convert. The Lightning will have about a minute of their own power play left at the beginning of the second period

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