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Lightning Vs. Penguins: Tampa Bay Jumps Out To 3-0 Start

It was a pretty nasty start to the game for the Penguins, with a first period that began with a ghost slashing penalty to Max Talbot and was quickly followed by a Lightning goal by Eric Brewer on a 4-on-4. A boarding penalty against Jordan Staal resulted in a power-play goal by Vincent Lecavalier, and then Nate Thompson added a third goal late in the period. 3-0 Lightning, and it will be tough for the Pens to get back into this one as the second period begins. As with the first game, there has been a ton of very physical play in this one.

Both teams have eight shots on goal; obviously, Dwayne Roloson has stopped all eight of his, and Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped only five. The second period is now under way, and Ryan Malone has quickly earned a trip to the penalty box. The Pens now have an opportunity to get back in this game as their power play begins. They also have to stop the Lightning from scoring; if not, this one will get ugly.

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