Admit it, when Phil Kessel scored in the first period to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay at PPG Paints Arena Thursday, you thought the Lightning were in deep trouble.
Tampa Bay entered Pittsburgh having lost two-consecutive games for the first time all season. Earlier Thursday, the Lightning learned they'd be without All-Star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy indefinitely as he recovers from a lower-body injury. And the Bolts came into the game against the Penguins giving up the opening goal in eight of their nine previous games.
So what do the Lightning do?
They promptly go out and give up two goals, both on the power play, in the first period for the third game in a row.
For some reason, it seemed the hockey gods had fallen out of favor with the Lightning.
But then Brayden Point proved he's no mere mortal.