Preseason Game #2 Recap: Penguins vs. Lightning


After the Penguins lost to the Lightning 5-4 in the shootout in Pittsburgh, they go down to Tampa Bay and defeat the ‘Bolts 3-2.

Last night’s roster was a lot different than the first preseason game. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Petr Sykora, Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan and Marc-Andre Fleury did not play last night. Tampa’s lineup looked a lot different as well as their best players such as Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis were both out. Obviously this game was for the players that are battling to be here to open the season and not in WBS.

The ‘Bolts scored the first goal like that when Jussi Jokinen put the puck in the back of the net within the first minute. Of course my first thought was “Wonderful, we DO have a sucky back-up…just great”.

But then POOTIE TANG (Kris Letang for you newbies to the blog) tied it up at 1 with a little over 5 minutes into the first period on a powerplay. With Gonch possibly out for a while, POOTIE TANG should make be making a big impact and should collect a lot of minutes early in the season. Could be huge for him.

Then Max the ‘superstar’ Talbot scores to put the Pens up 2-1. There’s nothing more I’d love to see than for Talbot to have a big scoring year. I feel he can do it but he’s going to have to prove some other people wrong.

To open the second period, the past Penguins demons haunt them as Michel freakin’ Oullet scores to tie the game up. I swear it’s annoying how many times past Pens players hurt us…I don’t even care if it’s preseason.

Tyler Kennedy would then score what would be the game-winning goal as the Pens top the Lightning 3-2.

A VERY physical game with a couple fights. Sabo actually had a really, really good game. Was very impressed with him. After LISTENING (and not watching…damn you FSN Pittsburgh) these two past games, I feel there could be a couple of great games between the ‘Guins and the ‘Bolts in 08/09.

Oh and in the words of David Mishkin…”BIG-BIG WIN FOR THE PENGUINS!” Yeah right…



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