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Bolts Force Game 6 with Decisive Win over Penguins, 8-2

{ In his best Ron Burgundy voice… }

“Boy, that escalated quickly!  I mean, it really got out of hand fast!”

Tap of the stick to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who scored the game’s first goal late in the first period and never looked back, blowing the Penguins out in their own barn by an 8-2 score in Game 5.

That said, the Penguins still lead the series 3 games to 2, and Game 6 will be Monday night.

You simply have to give the Bolts a helluva lot of credit.  They were able to withstand a strong first 15 minutes of play by the Penguins unscathed, including a Penguins power play and a fortunate loud ringing of the crossbar off a Brooks Orpik slapper at the 13:09 mark.  But soon after that it was two goals within 46 seconds from the previously invisible Simon Gagne and Steven Stamkos late in the first period, and it went nowhere but downhill after that for the Penguins.

It was definitely a game the Penguins’ defense surely wants to purge out of their collective memories, and quick.  Chalk it up to whatever you want, but the Bolts were first to the puck to just about everything around the Penguins’ net.  And it was one of those games where the Lightning were rewarded for their hustle by getting the bounces to put it past Marc-Andre Fleury.

The defense left Fleury hanging, but I think it would also be fair to state that Fleury wasn’t sharp as well.  He gave up numerous rebounds, and unfortunately for the Penguins, the Bolts’ desperation resulted in goal after goal, which eventually led to Fleury’s departure after the fourth goal allowed on only 14 shots.

The special teams battle was downright embarrassing, with the Bolts’ PP going 4-for-7, while the Penguins went 0-for-7 with the man advantage.  For the series, Tampa’s power play is clicking at a league-leading 36.4% rate, naturally also meaning the Penguins’ penalty kill, who led the league during the regular season, is now ranked last among playoff teams.

If you’re HCDB, no time to panic.  In hindsight, IMO Tampa won Game 5 by playing the Penguins’ game for them.  They were the most aggressive team, they were the quicker team, and that resulted in them being the most opportunistic team.

Might be a quirky thing to say, but a road game is exactly what the Penguins need.

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Pens Fan in Baltimore:

It would be un-sporting of me to comment, so I’ll leave it be. 
Have a joyous afternoon.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 04/23/11 at 05:48 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/23/11 at 05:59 PM ET

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Tad bit early for that….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 04/23/11 at 06:00 PM ET

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well they have been beaten at home twice & By the scores of 5-1 & 8-2 doesn’t leave full of Confidence & The thing is I don’t think anyone is thinking they will win 3 in a row in TB, So that means a game 7 confused

Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 06:17 PM ET

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but the Bolts were first to the puck to just about everything

Not until Pittsburgh was down by 3. The Penguins were dominating every area of the ice and winning every single battle except for 3 plays, all of which ended up in the Penguins net. After that, they basically stopped caring. Let’s face it; with the lineup they have, they know a three goal deficit is insurmountable.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/23/11 at 06:30 PM ET

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Tad bit early for that….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 04/23/11 at 05:00 PM ET

Don’t underestimate what a good ass-whooping can do to a team.

Look at the Habs after Boston decimated them near the end of the regular season. It took them over two weeks to collect themselves. The time span of the playoffs don’t allow for such things as well as the regular season.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/23/11 at 06:57 PM ET

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Excellent day for hockey.  Black and piss lose, Caps get to rest a few days.

Cheers

Posted by Thag from DC on 04/23/11 at 07:01 PM ET

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Don’t underestimate what a good ass-whooping can do to a team.

Look at the Habs after Boston decimated them near the end of the regular season. It took them over two weeks to collect themselves. The time span of the playoffs don’t allow for such things as well as the regular season.  

You mean like Game 2 where the Bolts beat the Pens 5-1 & the Pens were NEVER in it & then went down to TB & won Both? Or when the Pens embarrassed the Flyers in Game 6 to force a Game 7 & Ken Wregget stoned the Pens ??

Stick to Detroit Jr. OK

Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 07:06 PM ET

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Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 06:06 PM ET

I realize you’re angry, and embarrassed.

5-1 is a long way from 8-2. Lots of teams get beat 5-1. Not many teams get beat 8-2.

Tampa has the mo. You’re just going to have to learn to accept that.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/23/11 at 07:42 PM ET

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Again Jr. I was just as bad as today the gets to 3-0 with this popgun offense & Putrid PP Pens are toast. 8-2 5-1 is no difference !

Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 08:00 PM ET

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Again Jr. I was just as bad as today the getsto 3-0 with this popgun offense & Putrid PP Pens are toast.

I know six-year-olds who can write sentences that are more coherent than that. As Forrest Gump once said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Come on, Paul. Please give us that block-the-idiots feature.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/23/11 at 09:24 PM ET

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OlderThanChelios Yeah you would be inbred enough to block yourself & why are you A-Y droolers over on the Pens part

Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 09:31 PM ET

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Luckily it only counts for one game.  The Pens have proven they can come back after a bad performance.  Obviously, it would be pretty hard to have a worse performance than today, but if the Tampa stars can show up, the Pens lose this series.  They simply don’t have enough scoring right now.  Likewise, and not saying this series is going to 7, but if the Pens can’t go .500 at home in a series to win, then they don’t deserve to win the series.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste. Marie on 04/23/11 at 06:42 PM ET

It doesn’t matter.  A loss is a loss at this time of year.  Most of the goals seemed to be due to getting outworked and horrible D.  Like I said, if the Tampa stars keep going, they will probably beat the Pens. 

As for the momentum, the past 2 years the Pens have had a chance in the first round to win in 5 games.  Against Philly, they were soundly defeated 3-0.  Then in game 6, they were up 3-0 before losing.  Where was the momentum there?  Last year, the Pens were beat in multiple OT’s against Ottawa in game 5, got down 3-0, and won in OT.  Where was the momentum there?  Momentum rarely goes from game to game.  If it did, Detroit would have won the 2009 Cup in 6 games.  Or the Caps would have beaten the Pens in 4 games.  Or the Pens would have won that series in 6 games.  Or the Pens would have won game 5 today. 

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I’m not a local) on 04/23/11 at 04:48 PM ET

Glad you thought about me all night and day.  My afternoon was lovely as I missed most of the game due to prior obligations.  Luckily it happens, and the Pens are still up 3-2 in the series.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 04/23/11 at 11:28 PM ET

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I’m not a Pens fan at all.  But I do respect the heck out of what they accomplished after Crosby and Malkin went down, and was totally surprised they did what they did.  I’m not counting them out even though they are leading the series 3-2, like Vancouver.

Posted by bobinnocal from Chico, CA on 04/24/11 at 01:00 AM ET

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Yeah you would be inbred enough to block yourself…

You’re obviously confusing me with a Predator’s fan.

...why are you A-Y droolers over on the Pens part

Because we’re bored after sweeping the vaunted Yotes in four.

Any other ignorant comments you’d like to make?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/24/11 at 03:28 AM ET

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Again Jr. I was just as bad as today the gets to 3-0 with this popgun offense & Putrid PP Pens are toast. 8-2 5-1 is no difference !

Posted by Evilpens on 04/23/11 at 07:00 PM ET

More proof that alcohol and the Internet do not mix.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/24/11 at 11:38 AM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste. Marie on 04/24/11 at 10:38 AM ET

We can only hope it’s alcohol…

Tampa has the mo. You’re just going to have to learn to accept that.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste. Marie on 04/23/11 at 06:42 PM ET

I don’t think momentum goes game to game.  If it did, you guys wouldn’t be saying, “16 to 12” or “12 to 12”...Detroit would’ve been skating around the Igloo for the 2nd year in a row with the Stanley Cup after a Game 6 win in 2009.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 04/24/11 at 09:15 PM ET

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