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Lightning looks like real deal



lightning.Nice victory for the Lightning last night. It's the type of game a lot of teams -- and a lot of past Lightning teams -- would've packed in after giving up two shorthanded goals on the same power play and falling behind 3-1 to a pretty good Penguins team. Players could have shaken their heads, said "Just not our night'' and started thinking about where to eat after the game. Instead, the Lightning clawed back and won, 5-3. You could start listing the night's stars -- Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, goalie Dan Ellis, who did some nice work out of the "bullpen'' taking over for an off-kilter Mike Smith -- but then you have to stop because, really, every player deserves a gold star next to his name and you simply can't list every player. It's the type of victory that starts to convince you that the Lightning might be for real.

So ... about allowing two shorthanded goals on the same power play. Is it unusual? A little, but not crazy unusual. It happens a few times a year. But while we're on the topic, check out this clip from last season when the Bruins set an NHL record by scoring three shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill in a game against the Hurricanes.

[Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 1:25pm]


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