Barn Burner in Tampa. Pens Win.

by: The PensNation Staff

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The Penguins came into the game and got done what they needed early taking a 2-0 lead early in the first. The first goal came after Steve Downie almost took Ben Lovejoy's head off behind MAF leaving the Lightning short-handed going up the ice where Max Talbot showed us why he is still here and buried one behind Old Man Time Dwayne Roloson. The second goal came not even a minute later when Big Mike Rupp found Arron Asham wide open in front of the net on the rush to put the Pens up 2-0. The Lightning were able to bounce back and pull within one on a St. Louis power play goal after a bogus goaltender interference call on Alexei Kovalev. The first period was not without its controversies though, first the hit Downie laid on Lovejoy was in our eyes a game misconduct and probably a suspendable play, but because it happened behind the net it will probably be OK in the eyes of the NHL. The other major hit came from Chris Kunitz when he laid out Simon Gagne with the "People's Elbow" in front of Fleury, both plays were called as penalties so we will have to wait and see what happens today.

The second period was back an fourth at a pretty fast pace, with only a delay of game penalty on the Lightning when Downie launched the puck over the glass. The third period was where all the marbles were in this game, the Lightning tied thing up early in the first after a questionable interference call on Paul Martin with another power play goal from Martin St. Louis, but Tyler Kennedy was not one to be out done and buried his first goal of the playoffs no more than thirty-seconds later to give the Penguins the lead and what would be the game winner. The Lightning had some chances to tie the game but MAF stood tall in net and stopped everything that came his way, he even had a little help from players like Mike Rupp who blocked a shot when there was a scrum in front of the net.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Tampa Bay at 7:00 and it should be a real slobber-knocker.