The Lightning got their first power play when Mike Rupp
was called for boarding Ryan Malone
at 6:52 -- and needed just eight seconds to make it 5-0 when Steven Stamkos
fired home a shot from 10 feet for a 5-0 lead. Stamkos, who struggled in the final six weeks of the season and did nothing through the first four games, has 2 goals and looks like the player who had 21 goals in his first 22 games this season.
Pittsburgh got a fourth power play when Lecavalier was called for hooking at 9:20. But the advantage lasted just 19 seconds before Kris Letang
was called for cross-checking.
With 8:02 left in the period and a five-goal deficit, Consol Energy Center was as quiet as a church.