Eric Brewer: The Lightning defenseman scored the game's first goal to help the Lightning finally crack goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He also racked up two assists to give him his first multipoint game since Feb. 17, 2008.
Simon Gagne: The Lightning wing had three assists, including an impressive backhand cross-crease pass to Vinny Lecavalier on the captain's power-play goal in the first period that made it 2-0.
Marty St. Louis: The Lightning wing played a great all-around game, and his power-play goal with 14 seconds left in the second period was huge. It put Tampa Bay up 4-1 and stole the momentum back from the Penguins, who had controlled play for most of the period.
Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa are almost sold out.
Game 1, Penguins 3, Lightning 0: Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury wows. Lightning bemoans its penalties.
Friday, Lightning 5, Penguins 1: Lightning jumps on sluggish Penguins early and holds off second-period Pittsburgh surge.
Monday: at Tampa Bay, 7:30, Sun Sports
Wednesday: at Tampa Bay, 7, Sun Sports
April 23: at Pittsburgh, TBA #
April 25: at Tampa Bay, TBA * #
April 27: at Pittsburgh, TBA * #
* If necessary # Sun Sports or FSN
Games 3, 4 and 7 on 970-AM Games 5 and 6 on 620-AM
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Game 2 breakdown
Keeping it to himself
It was cool to see Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, top left, and Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby gabbing in the halls underneath the Consol Energy Center. They made small talk and discussed what doctor Crosby is seeing for his concussion. One thing that didn't come up: when Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5, will return to action. Asked if he broached the subject, Yzerman said, "You know what? Maybe I would, but my impression is I don't think they really know." Besides, Yzerman said, "If he's considering coming back in this series, he wouldn't even tell me."
Ryan Malone is one of the few players who doesn't wear an undershirt under his pads. He said it started several years ago, when he played for the Penguins and the NHL introduced antisweat jerseys. The sweat stayed out of the jerseys but was trapped on his body. "I used to shower after the first period, they were so hot and kept all the sweat in," Malone said. The NHL has since modified the jerseys to better let the material and players' bodies breathe. But now Malone plays in Tampa. "And it just gets so hot," he said, "so, no shirt." There is some chafing to his upper body because of the straps that hold the pads in place, Malone said, and added, "If I had a pierced nipple, I'd have to put some tape on it."