TAMPA, FL - APRIL 18: Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins tries to wrap a shot around the side of the net against Eric Brewer #2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the St. Pete Times Forum on April 18, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Pittsburgh's James Neal Ends Game On Off-Angle Shot

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Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Pittsburgh's James Neal Ends Game On Off-Angle Shot

Funny bounces and terrible angled shots are goals that usually end overtime games and this was the case as Pittsburgh's James Neal shot the puck from near the wall and just beat Tampa's Dwayne Roloson for the game winner after 83:38 of game play. Roloson had a clear view of the puck, but must have been startled or just not expecting the shot as the puck went in over the shoulder. 

The Penguins started the game with the lead as Tyler Kennedy scored the Penguins first power play goal of the series at the 8:14 mark of the first period. Kennedy shot the puck through a crowd and the screened goaltender didn't have much of a chance. In the second period, Pittsburgh extended their lead to 2-0 after Arron Asham shot found the back of the net. 

The Lightning offense woke up at the end of the second period as Martin St. Louis rushed the net at the end of the second period and beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. In the third period, Sean Bergenheim scored with 3:17 left in the game to tie the game off a rebound in front of the net. Martin St. Louis recorded an assist on the goal, his second point of the night. 

The Penguins consistently outshot the Lightning in the game and finished with a 53-31 advantage in shots on goal. Tampa's Dwayne Roloson had 50 saves in the loss while Fleury had 29 saves in the win. 

The Lightning will try to avoid being eliminated on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. For more information on this game, please visit our Penguins site, Pensburgh, and our Lightning site, Raw Charge


Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Defense And Penalty Killing Sends Game Into Double Overtime

The Penguins and Lightning took a total of 19 shots in the first overtime period, but none of them went in the back of the net as the two teams will head to their fifth period of action. The Penguins outshot the Lightning 11-8 in the period, something that has been a natural occurance for much of the game. The Penguins are outshooting the Lightning 51-30 overall in the game. Pittsburgh's Michael Rupp and Kris Letang lead the game with 6 shots each. Sean Bergenheim leads the Lightning with five shots on goal. 

The Penguins were able to kill off a Craig Adams tripping penalty at the end of the period to keep the game tied. Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been the star of the game with 49 saves in the game while Marc-Andre Fleury has been adequate as well with 28 saves. 

This game could continue to drag on for a while but as with any sudden death overtime, one lucky bounce could end the game. 


Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Sean Bergenheim's Tying Goal Send Game Into Overtime

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been outshot the entire game, but Sean Bergenheim was able to tie the game with 3:17 left in the period to send the game to overtime. Bergenheim found the puck in front of the net after Marc-Andre Fleury gave up a couple of rebounds and Bergenheim just put the puck in the back of the net. The assists on the goal came from Martin St. Louis, which is his second point of the game, and Pavel Kubina. 

The Penguins only outshot the Lightning 10-8 in the third period and have outshot the Lightning 40-22 thus far in the game. Dwayne Roloson has made 38 saves in the game and is probably the biggest reason that the Lightning are still in this game at this point. The Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury has made 20 saves thus far. 

At this point of the game, it is time for the beauty of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, sudden death overtime. 


Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Asham And St. Louis Trade Goals In Second; Pittsburgh Leads 2-1

The Tampa Bay Lightning are still being dominated through two periods by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but at least they have a goal on the scoreboard to keep the score close. Aaron Asham for the Penguins and Martin St. Louis each have a goal in the second period and the Penguins lead 2-1 after two periods. 

Asham's goal came at the 2:39 mark of the period as he collected a rebound off of a Ben Lovejoy shot in front of the net. Lovejoy recorded the only assist on the goal and the Penguins kept the 2-0 lead for most of the period. Martin St. Louis scored at 17:14 of the period on a breakaway that beat Marc-Andre Fleury. 

The Penguins are still outshooting the Lightning by double, 30-14, through the two periods and Dwayne Roloson is keeping the Lightning in the game thus far with 28 saves while Fleury has just 13 saves. 

The Lightning will start the third period on the power play and need to find that tying goal to keep the Penguins from going up 3-1 in the series. 


Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Tyler Kennedy Gives Pittsburgh 1-0 Lead After One

The Tampa Bay Lighning need to win Game 4 to even the series at two games a piece and they have the luxury of doing so on home ice. Unfortunately for the Lightning though, the Penguins are outplaying the Lightning through the first period. The Penguins lead 1-0 after one period on the first powerplay goal of the series for the Penguins.

Tyler Kennedy's goal came on a holding penalty from Vincent Lecavalier . Kennedy shot the puck through a crowd and beat a screened Dwayne Roloson. Kennedy's goal was the first powerplay goal for the Penguins in the series. The assists on the goal came from Zbynek Michalek and Mark Letestu. 

The Penguins are outshooting the Lightning 10-5 through the first period and the Lightning have given up two powerplay chances already in the first. Marc-Andre Fleury is pitching the five save shutout thus far in the game while Roloson has nine saves thus far in the game. 


Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 4: Pittsburgh Hopes To Grab Stranglehold Without Chris Kunitz

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to wrap their hands around the necks of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their 2011 NHL playoff series on Wednesday night. 

Chris Kunitz is out of the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins after his flying elbow at the head of Simon Gagne, who will be in the Bolts lineup. Steve Downie is out for Tampa though, serving his own one-game suspension for crushing the life out of Ben Lovejoy. In terms of the impact on Game 4, those suspensions essentially negate each other, which is obviously what the NHL was going for when they handed down the less-than-sufficent punishments.

The series has been dictated by the scorers so far, with the goaltending and the defense mostly playing secondary roles in the overall plot. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis have had success for the Bolts, but guys like Gagne and Steven Stamkos will need to step up in order to get Tampa back in the series. 

For the Penguins these days, it's all about balance, and that's a difficult potion to dilute if you're Guy Boucher and the Lightning. Guys like Arron Asham and Craig Adams are playing large roles in the scoring, and when that happens, it's tough to beat any team. They can score no matter who is on the ice. 

The game will get underway at 7 p.m. ET. In the meantime, get up to speed with our blogs: Raw Charge on the Lightning and Pensburgh on the Pens. 

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