Penguins vs. Lightning, Game 3: Arron Asham Earning Contract In Playoffs

Tyler Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, taking a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Despite the fact that the game came down to the final period, Lightning blog Raw Charge says "The Lightning lost the game in the first five minutes." Perhaps it was too much leftover emotion from the Game 2 win.

With a shaky start, likely overexcited from Friday's win and being back at home (or maybe the 15,000 rally drums had something to do with it), it took a while for the Bolts to gain composure against Pittsburgh.

It's playoff hockey, and everyone knows that small mistakes have a major impact. "It all comes down to the smallest details," Boucher said afterwards, mistakes that include managing emotions from the start of the game, and some defensive mistakes that led to the second and third goals for Pittsburgh.

Penguins blog Pensburgh is enamored with right wing Arron Asham, who scored the goal that put Pittsburgh ahead 2-0 Monday night.

I've said it once and I'll say it again - Asham is earning every penny of his contract in the postseason.  His Game Three goal gives him two goals and one assist in three games - or better yet, one point per game.  For a forth liner it's the sort of contribution that cannot be described by any word other than "clutch."

For more information on this game and series, please visit our Penguins site, Pensburgh and our Lightning site, Raw Charge.

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