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Lightning Vs. Penguins: Alex Kovalev, Arron Asham Score Seconds Apart To Give Pens 2-0 Lead

The Penguins broke the scoreless tie in their first NHL playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning with about 14 minutes to go in the third period and then, as I was typing this sentence scored again to make it 2-0. The two goals were scored 18 seconds apart.

The first goal was scored by Alex Kovalev, as Paul Martin dumped the puck off to James Neal near the blueline and Neal quickly fired the puck to Kovalev near the crease.

In the second goal, Arron Asham took the puck down the ice by himself and went around the goal, poking it in from around the corner as Craig Adams screened in front.

These two goals happened so quickly that it’s hard to have much more to say until I see some replays. But this matchup had been tooth and nail for over 40 minutes – the Pens took the upper hand in the second period, but didn’t have a score to show for it. Now they’ve got two, and it looks like it will be very difficult for the Lightning to come back, considering the way Marc-Andre Fleury is playing.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.