Man, is Nikita Kucherov fun to watch. He has a goal in all but one game this season and points in all nine. You have to watch him each time he is on the ice because he is going to do something you do not want to miss: a goal, a shot that requires a tough save, a nifty pass to set up a linemate for a goal.
The Lightning wanted to limit the touches of Penguins C Sidney Crosby, a tactic that worked in the teams’ first meeting this season, when it held Crosby scoreless. It worked in the first period, but Crosby had a hand in it. He spent nearly 12 minutes in the box for a cross-checking penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.
You had to feel for Penguins backup G Antti Niemi, who made his third start of the season and second against the Lightning in the second of back-to-back games for Pittsburgh. It’s hard to stay sharp with so few starts, and it showed. And so No. 1 Matt Murray could have the night off, Niemi had to endure the storm.