In terms of their urgency level, the Lightning played much better in this game than they did on Friday in Washington. For much of the first two periods, the Lightning carried five-on-five play. Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry had a terrific performance, however, and was a big reason why the Lightning only managed to score two goals.
Still, there were issues. As has been the case in recent games, the Lightning struggled with rush coverage and untimely turnovers - the Penguins were able to generate several odd-man opportunities in the game and scored two goals off breakaways.
Then there were the key penalty calls against the Lightning that led to three five-on-three power play goals for the Penguins. The Pens have an excellent power play and they were able to capitalize on the lengthy five-on-three chances.
Certainly, from the Lightning's perspective, the outcome was a frustrating one. Specifically, the first period penalty calls and the two ensuing five-on-three goals gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead after one. And it was a frame in which the Lightning decisively carried play when the teams were skating five-on-five.
Five-on-three power play chances don't happen every game - and multiple five-on-threes in a game are extremely rare. So presumably, the Lightning won't have to deal with those extraordinary circumstances in their next game on Tuesday in Buffalo. But they do need to limit opposition rush chances. Outside of that, if they bring the same level of determination and urgency, they'll give themselves an excellent chance to snap their two-game losing streak.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game:
Pittsburgh's two five-on-three power play goals in the first.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game:
- Tristan Jarry - Penguins. 33 saves for first NHL win.
- Phil Kessel - Penguins. Two goals and two assists.
- Sidney Crosby - Penguins. Two goals and one assist.