The Penguins spent the first 16-plus minutes doing everything but score. The Penguins outshot (11-4), outhit, outplayed -- out-everythinged the Lightning ... but couldn't beat Dwayne Roloson
They might pay for the inability to put the puck in the net, because the Lightning had no such trouble at 16:57. After a passing play worthy of the Harlem Globetrotters, Simon Gagne
fired the carom of Vincent Lecavalier
's shot off the post into a wide-open net for his first of the series.
Just 46 seconds later, Steven Stamkos
found the net for the first time in the series. He went to the net for a deflection of Steve Downie
's shot that Marc-Andre Fleury
was able to stop, but swatted home the rebound. Talk about a stunned crowd!
The Penguins got their second power play when Vincent Lecavalier
was called for roughing with 32.6 seconds left in the period and nearly had a goal just before the final horn. But the period ended with the Lightning ahead 2-0 despite being outshot 13-8 (24-12 in shot attempts).