The Pittsburgh Penguins were coming off their bye week as they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning today. The rust was there for sure during that first period. But they shook it off during the second and third period with gusto. The Pens would score twice in the second period and four more times in the third on their way to another 6 goal game. Final score in Pittsburgh, 6-2 Pens.
As Matt Murray continues to mend, Marc-Andre Fleury has been very strong in net. He gave up the games first goal during the second period, but would hold serve for the remainder as his offense in front of him would wake up. Slowly but surely the passes became more crisp and the Pens started to bury pucks.
Down 1-0, Pittsburgh would get a sweet goal by Conner Sheary at around 6 minutes into the second. Then Eric Fehr would net one later in the period to give the Pens the lead and the momentum.
Then in the third period, Chris Kunitz would score just 2 minutes into the period to extend that lead to 3-1. The Pens would add another just a few moments later as Scott Wilson would score an unassisted goal to pretty much put the game away just 3 minutes into the third period.
If there is one thing that the players have learned from their coach is to keep the pedal down. Pittsburgh was not done as they would add two more later in the period as Phil Kessel would extend the lead to 5-2 at around the 7 minute mark. Then with just a few minutes left in the game, Pittsburgh would add one to grow on to finish off the Lightning.
The final score once again was 6-2 as the Pens won their 5th in a row and solidified themselves as the highest scoring team in hockey.
Pittsburgh plays the Capitals in Washington on Wednesday. Washington just broke up the Columbus Blue Jacket 16 game winning streak and are looking to continue to build on that. It is always fun to watch these two teams play each other regardless of the location.