After combining for three goals in the opening period, the teams went scoreless in the second. It appeared as though each team wasn't willing to risk making a mistake and give its opponent an offensive opportunity. Both goalies were sharp throughout, though, with Roloson making his best save off a shot from the point by Michalek Zbynek with Chris Connor on the doorstep at 5:13.
The Penguins fourth line of Craig Adams
centering Mike Rupp
and Arron Asham
has been Pittsburgh's best line in this series. In three games, the trio has accrued 3 goals, 5 points and a plus-9 rating. The play did get a little chippy in the final five minutes of the second when Steve Downie
was whistled for delay of the game at 16:43, giving Pittsburgh its second power-play of the game.
The Lightning did deny the Penguins for the 15th straight time with the man advantage but not without some bit of assistance from veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson
. He stopped a tip by Jordan Staal
with his left pad following the ensuing face-off, before later turning back a big shot from the point by Kris Letang
and Alex Kovalev
's rebound attempt at the right post.
Pittsburgh held a 9-6 advantage in shots in the second and maintain a 21-17 shot edge through two periods. Pittsburgh's Kris Letang
has 5 of the team's 23 hits for the game and Lightning defensemen Mattias Ohlund
and Pavel Kubina
each have 4 of the team's 30 body checks.