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.