18 April 2011
Record: Lightning 1 Penguins 1
Previous games: Game 1: 3-0 Pens, Game 2: 5-1 LightningGame time: 7:30pm EST on CBC (HD), SUN (HD), Root (HD) and on the radio at 970 WFLA AM
Huge game tonight.
And the Lightning are giving away 15,000 rally drums tonight. Jesus, it's going to be noisy.
Both teams come into Tampa for tonight's game on equal ground having won one game a piece. The Lightning had a huge game in Game 2, scoring three big goals in the first period and the Pens really never found their way back after that. There were lots of great things to say about the Lightning's performance from Game 2 and if they can have a repeat of that again tonight, they have every chance to win.
The Pens on the other hand didn't come out with the same jump as the Bolts and when they fell behind in the game couldn't find the offence they needed to come back. They also went 0 for 7 on the PP, which added to Game 1's record, has them at 0 for 13. Ouch.
"They clogged it up with their 1-3-1. We have to come up with some better answers for getting through there and getting some pressure into the offensive zone with some speed and gaining the puck. That's something we'll have to address." -Dan Bylsma
The Lightning didn't hold a morning skate this morning, only a team meeting, though there were a few players on the ice before the meeting. Boucher is expected to ice the same lineup as in Game 2, because why change after a win?
Even though we haven't had a playoff game in Tampa since 2007, checking on Ticketmaster last night,
And speaking of working on things, maybe the IT guy can figure out we're playing the Pens not the Senators.
Whatever. Maybe the IT guy doesn't know what's going on, but we know this game is huge for both teams.
- Lightning injuries: Matt Smaby
- Lightning scratch: Randy Jones
- Penguin injuries: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Dustin Jeffrey
- Matt Cooke is still suspended
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