NHL Game Night: 11/12/10 Lightning at Penguins

The Lightning's MASH unit finally collapsed in the final eight minutes of the game.

TB-1
PIT-5

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 20 shots for the loss. One softie.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
08:01 PIT Dupuis (5), Letang (13), Talbot (2)
08:28 PIT Goligoski (4), Rupp (3), Letestu (5)

Third Period
05:30 TB Stamkos (15), St Louis (12), Purcell (7)(PP)
12:12 PIT Talbot (3), unassisted
16:44 PIT Crosby (11), Dupuis (3)
18:50 PIT Engelland (1), Crosby (13), Kunitz (5)

It's tough to go into a game without three of your best forwards (Gagne, Lecavalier, and Downie) battle to within an eyelash of tying the game at 2-2, and see it disintegrate in the final eight minutes. There's been no shame in the way the Lightning have played the past couple of nights, but psychologically Guy Boucher has his work cut out for him to reinstill their confidence.

Mattias Ritola was -1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:51.

Johan Harju was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:54. He got stronger as the game progressed after looking lost in the first period. He'll be fine with a little more experience under his belt.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.