NHL Game Night: 1/5/10 Lightning at Penguins

Let down.

TB-1
PIT-8

Dwayne Roloson allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss. In two relief stints, Dan Ellis allowed 3 on 18.

First Period
00:07 PIT Malkin (15), unassisted
02:23 PIT Conner (5), Lovejoy (4), Cooke (11)
07:17 PIT Kennedy (6), Letang (28)
07:42 PIT Kunitz (11), Crosby (34), Dupuis (10)
18:56 PIT Kunitz (12), Goligoski (13), Letang (29)(PP)

Second Period
12:54 PIT Letestu (9), Kennedy (12), Goligoski (14)
19:49 PIT Kunitz (13), Goligoski (15), Letang (30)(PP)

Third Period
02:25 TB Hall (5), Thompson (9), Tyrell (6)
03:38 PIT Goligoski (7), Conner (4), Lovejoy (5)

It was an emotional game last night and the Lightning thought they could ease themselves into tonight's game and the Penguins jumped them, and it was a 7-0 mugging by the end of two periods. It's a damned shame because the Lightning had spent weeks working back to even in goal differential, and now they're set back to -7 for the year. The good news is that it's 1 of 82, but my guess is that Guy Boucher won't be happy with the Lightning's flat second period response to adversity.

Dana Tyrell had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot in 11:58. If you can be +1 in an 8-1 loss, I suppose that's a positive for you. Tyrell is now 3 games from graduation from prospect status here on BoltProspects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.