Friday, April 15, 2011

Thunderbolts and Lightning...Very, Very Frightening

by Jan Snyder

I guess we can hope that the Pens got their really stinky game out of the way early after a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay. The Lightning came out ready and quickly jumped ahead and stayed that way.

Too bad the Pens can’t pull some power out of the Consol Energy Arena’s namesake. So far in this series, the team is 0-13 in power play chances, wasting seven opportunities in game two. The team seems tentative and unsure on the power play and badly needs to get a couple of goals to change that thinking. We also had our share of pucks that almost found their way in, but then didn’t at the last moment, thanks to Roloson. Although Orpik kept the hits coming, the defense wasn’t nearly as strong in this game as they were in the first.

Tampa was able to convert two of six chances on their power play, with Vinny and St. Louis each scoring.

Yikes, St. Louis had to undergo two root canals after the last game and that wayward stick that caught him in the mouth. He sure didn’t let those circumstances keep him down as he played well, knowing he’ll still have to endure more dental procedures.

The Pens did outhit the Bolts, 36 – 27, and they never gave up, they just couldn’t make anything work tonight. Craig Adams scored the lone Pens’ tally.

Now tied at 1-1, the series shifts to Florida and we and the team have three full days to ponder what will happen there. Maybe the bright sunshine will instill some power into the boys. A little beach time might be just what they need.

Will Fleury bounce back? Will the Pens ever score a power play goal? Will St. Louis’ dental insurance cover all the procedures?

Stay tuned for Part Three next Monday night!

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