NHL Game Night: 3-4-13 Lightning at Penguins

My God, the Lightning have become the Atlanta Thrashers.

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PIT-4

Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 13 shots before giving way to Anders Lindback who allowed 2 on 18 shots the rest of the way for the loss. Seems like we may see Cedrick Desjardins in a Lightning jersey again.

First Period
04:13 PIT Kunitz (12), (Crosby)

Second Period
02:39 TB Stamkos (16), (Hedman, St. Louis)
11:59 TB Pyatt (5), (Thompson, Palat)

Third Period
05:38 PIT Malkin (5), (unassisted)
07:29 PIT Crosby (11), (Letang)
19:08 PIT Neal (14), (Malkin, Letang)(EN)
19:52 TB Stamkos (17), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

Seriously, my goodness, this team has turned into the Atlanta Thrashers. They're a team with a lot of offensive ability and one of the most dynamic scorers in the league, a la Kovalchuk back then, but they're completely unable to keep the puck out of the back of their own net and completely unable to make meaningful plays to win hockey games. So disappointing: a team that, on paper, should be so much better, but plays like less than the sum of their parts.

Alex Killorn had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:22.

Ondrej Palat had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 2 hits in 9:28 in his NHL debut. I have to admit to being especially proud of a guy like Palat. Here's a young man who was taken in the final round of the draft, overage, on a flyer. He was supposed to be organizational filler. Now he's an NHLer, for at least one night. It's the kind of story that underlines why the website exists.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 5 hits in 6:48. Active.

Cory Conacher was an ugly -3 in 15:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.