NHL Preseason Game Night 9/20: Lightning at Penguins

Norfolk defeats Pittsburgh.

PIT-4 (SO)

First Period
Pittsburgh 0:51, Jordan Staal 1 (Evgeni Malkin, Ben Lovejoy)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 3:50, Janne Niskala 1 (Brandon Bochenski, Jussi Jokinen)
Tampa Bay 7:06, Wyatt Smith 1 (Matt Smaby)
Tampa Bay 8:40, Brandon Bochenski 1 (Radek Smolenak, Jussi Jokinen)
Pittsburgh 15:18, Petr Sykora 1 (power play) (Miroslav Satan, Jordan Staal)

Third Period
Pittsburgh 10:11, Petr Sykora 2 (power play) (Janne Pesonen, Alex Goligoski)
Pittsburgh 17:06, Sidney Crosby 1 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:41, Brandon Bochenski 2 (Janne Niskala)


Tampa Bay- Jokinen, Stamkos
Pittsburgh- NONE

Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session.

This is as significant a win as you can get in the first matchup of preseason in September. The Lightning iced a team that basically represented the bulk of their players ticketed for Norfolk of the AHL while the Pens essentially iced their NHL regulars. This is a Pens team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and the Lightning prospects and AHL pros gave them all they could handle and more en route to victory. It speaks volumes for the future of this franchise.

Lots of prospects in this game:

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, a fight, and he was 78% in the faceoff circles in 17:11.

Janne Niskala had 1-1-2 and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 24:07.

Matt Smaby had an assist, 4 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 21:39.

Chris Lawrence had 1 blocked shot in 3:33.

Andy Rogers was +2 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 15:59.

Radek Smolenak had 1 assist and was +2 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:46.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 2 shots and 3 blocked shots in 23:25.

Steven Stamkos was -1 with 2 shots and was 56% on draws in 21:41.

Box score and game sheet from NHL.com.