NHL Game Night 1/7: Lightning at Penguins

Would have really been nice to hold onto this one in regulation and deny Pittsburgh the point.

TB-3
PIT-2 (SO)

Johan Holmqvist was outstanding in stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 penalty shots in the shootout. Ryan Craig led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist and the Lightning got their other goal from The Real Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards all had assists. St. Louis also scored the game winning shootout goal on an unorthodox move going sideways in the slot and potting a backhand 5-hole on M.A. Fleury.

Really a strange game that the Lightning could've buried the Pens in regulation in were it not for M.A. Fleury. You know it's a strange night when Lecavalier gets stoned on two breakaways and a shootout attempt but Tarnasky can pot a nice goal on a good high shot from the middle of the slot. The Lightning move to 1 game under .500 and to within 2 points of 8th in the conference.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
Tampa Bay 7:09, Ryan Craig 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Pittsburgh 19:55, Sidney Crosby 20 (Mark Recchi)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 14:04, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Pittsburgh 17:27, Mark Recchi 10 (power play) (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Martin St. Louis
Pittsburgh- NONE

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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Sucks that we gave the Pens a point..

But two points is two points. Fleury definitely kept them in it, as well as Lecavalier being unable to get the damn puck over his leg pads! That power play in overtime was infuriating. Of course they were probably winded as hell and I was worried they weren't going to make it to the shootout or having anything left for it.

What a move by Marty, though. Hardest backhand I've seen in a while.

And can someone tell me what the big deal about Crosby's goal is? The Sidney fanboys are pissing themselves over it when Lecavalier has done that and far better before..

Wish Craig could find that 30 goal pace again. It'd be a big help.

Vinny's goal vs. ATL

Lecavalier's dive vs. ATL where he swatted it into the top corner may be a better goal, but Ovechkin still takes the cake for his deke while on his back last year. I thought Crosby's goal was highly impressive and I rewound that thing about 6 times. I'd put Crosby's at third among the three of them, but it's up there. The pass was too far in front of him and for him not only to have the know-how to try that - but to get it up - that was pretty sweet.

Does anyone have a count of Cory Sarich own-goals for his career? I think this is at least 5. That guy is cursed.

Cursed, incompetent.. same difference?

I was annoyed that Rick and the Chief thought it wasn't a goal. No conspiracy on that one, just a gift from the NHL's most charitable defense.

Looking at the Crosby goal again after a day makes me appreciate it more, but like you said it's behind those other two you mentioned.

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