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Bolts vs. Penguins Keys to the Game

by Rick Peckham / Tampa Bay Lightning

Keys to the Game

Thanks for checking in for Keys To The Game, Bolts Nation! Lightning have points in 4 straight on the road, 9 of 10 overall, need to keep pushing vs the Penguins. Sun Sports/970 WFLA at 7 p.m.

Mathieu was sensational in key moments last night in Buffalo and will certainly be tested tonight. He has won the only back-to-back where he's played both ends, in late November versus the Panthers, so he can get the job done. He knows Malkin from his time with the Pens in '09.
KEY 2: LIMIT #71
This will be tough to do. Malkin had 5 points yesterday, 5 vs. the Bolts in January. Lightning need the 5-man coverage in the D-zone they had last night to cool him down some. They were very sharp against the Sabres.
Of course Dan Bylsma is just as worried about stopping Stammer, Vinnie and Marty. Stamkos, Downie and Purcell were terrific last night, with 4 of the 5 scoring points, 14 shots and a +6.

Should be a great show tonight. Enjoy the game everyone!

A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.

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