Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 5-4 OT loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 1. Discipline
The Pens had a momentary lapse of discipline halfway through the second period that cost them. They took back-to-back-to-back penalties that gave Tampa Bay a couple of lengthy two-man advantages. The Bolts capitalized twice to take a 3-1 lead. What hurt the Pens even more was that their two best penalty killers – Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen (twice) – were the players in the box. And they are already missing Nick Bonino. The fallout put the Pens’ PKers in a tough spot. The three minutes of poor discipline cost them a possible point in the standings. 2. Blueline Scoring
The Pens’ defense was their biggest contributor to offense. Trevor Daley tied the game at 3-3 in the third period on a one-timer bomb. Before that Kris Letang scored a goal and set up another for Pittsburgh. Both blueliners’ goals were the result of an aggressive, attack mentality. Daley saw a breach in the Tampa defense on the backside and sneaked into position for the one-timer. Letang carried the puck himself deep into the zone before cutting to the net. The Pens haven’t had much production from their defense, but they were huge tonight. 3. Rollercoaster
It was a wild game with a lot of lead changes. The Pens trailed 3-1 halfway through the game, and 3-2 entering the final period. They didn’t melt down and crumble. Instead they slowly chipped away at the deficit and were rewarded for their resiliency by taking a late 4-3 lead. However, they weren’t able to hold on as the Bolts tied the game with under five minutes to play in regulation. Then Tampa scored in overtime to win the game. The Pens have succeeded in becoming a resilient team that can take a punch and punch back. Now they need to learn how to play with and protect a lead. That is the next step in their evolution under head coach Mike Sullivan.