PITTSBURGH (AP) - With Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin injured, the Tampa Bay Lightning had to figure that if they could contain Pittsburgh's secondary scoring, they could win the teams' first-round playoff series.
And indeed, the Lightning has had some success.
Alex Kovalev? One goal in four games. James Neal? One goal. Chris Kunitz? Only an empty-netter. Jordan Staal, Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis? Nothing.
What the Lightning couldn't have planned for is that Pittsburgh's fourth line would do so much damage. Led by Arron Asham's three goals, the unheralded line of Asham, Craig Adams and Mike Rupp has been the Penguins' secret offensive weapon as they have built a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 at noon on Saturday in Pittsburgh.