The Tampa Bay Lightning forced a game 7 against Pittsburgh Monday night with a 4-2 win. Sorry Penguin.
Pittsburgh had a 1-0 for the first 16 minutes, and the Bolts didn’t even have a shot on net for the first 10 minutes. But Teddy Purcell scored on a wrister to set up the pivotal second period. Sorry Penguin.
TB took the lead on a beauty goal by Sean Burgenheim, who took a nifty backward pass from Dominic Moore to beat Fleury on his glove side. This came moments after Chris Conner, not to be confused with ’50s & ’60s cool jazz chanteuse Chris Connor, had a shot at an open net from the slot deflect off the twig of Victor Hedman. Sorry Penguin.
Conner had a chance for redemption on a penalty shot later in the second stanza that would’ve tied the game, but he failed to even get a shot off, apparently terrified by the grizzled visage of 41-year-old TB netminder Dwayne Roloson, who’s increasingly resembling a guy you might see hitchhiking a couple miles from a county workfarm. It was the culmination of 20 minutes of futility that saw Pittsburgh blow three power play opportunities. Sorry Penguin.
Pittsburgh tied it up early in the 3rd but Fleury surrendered a goal a minute later and TB sewed it up on a Ryan Malone breakaway with 10 minutes left to ice it for the Bolts. Tampa Bay really outworked Pittsburgh behind some intense coaching by Guy Boucher. Through the miracle of HDTV, I noticed that Boucher has a cool, right-angle scar under his right eye, which was either a hockey injury or the result of a knife fight on a Marseilles dock. Sorry Penguin. The media made a big deal out of it, Jack Moore knives (the knife brand) sure got loads of free publicity.
My thanks to the Capital One commercial featuring Alex Ovechkin firing pucks off a DC roof (appears to be around Judiciary Square) and hitting various bank branches in the metro area. When he turns his sights on Capitol hill, he nails Pittsburgh’s mascot, drops him like “Ironside” during the opening credits, and muses, “Sorry, Penguin.”
Game 7 of the series is Wednesday.