Second period notes - a penalty fest
Through two periods, the Devils have a 3-2 lead over the Lightning.
But the game has been so choppy and chippy, with sixteen penalties called. Four of the five goals have come on the power play (one of the Devils came on a 5-on-3)
The penalties have made it difficult for any team to get any offensive rhythm, and has turned this elimination game into a game within the game; which power play is better?
You'd like to see the game - especially one that could be a season-ending one for the Lightning - to be decided by the players in a 5-on-5 setting. If a penalty is warranted, that's fine. But a bunch of ticky-tack calls can lead one to beg many questions.....
Was Lecavalier's cross check on Matvichuk late in the first period a dive? Or a legit penalty? If Zajac was tripped by O'Brien, how can he also be called for diving?
Those grey areas can turn black and white on the scoresheet - as Lecavalier's cross checking penalty led to the Devils second goal (coming on a 5-on-3)...
-- JOE SMITH