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.
| ||KEY 1: STAY STRONG, GARON |
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.
| ||KEY 3: STARS KEEP SHOOTING... AND SCORING |
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.