Bolts Blown Out In Pittsburgh

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Final Score: Pittsburgh Penguins 8, Tampa Bay Lightning 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Evgeni Malkin scored seven seconds into the contest and the Pittsburgh Penguins never looked back in an 8-1 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chris Kunitz had the second hat trick of his career, Alex Goligoski had a goal and three assists, while Chris Conner and Tyler Kennedy each added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who were coming off a 3-1 loss to Washington in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for Pittsburgh, which came into the contest having dropped three of its last four.

Adam Hall scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who came into the game with just one regulation loss in their previous 12 games.

One day after blanking the Capitals in his Lightning debut, starter Dwayne Roloson allowed five goals on 23 shots to take the loss. Dan Ellis, who spelled Roloson in the first and was placed back in net for the third, allowed three goals on 18 shots.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Tampa’s Steven Stamkos, the top two in goals and points in the NHL, combined for just one point, an assist from Crosby.

The hosts created a nightmare for the Bolts right from the drop of the puck, seizing control with a five-goal first period.

Tampa won the opening faceoff back to the right wing, but a pass back to the defender was picked off by Malkin, who skated in on a breakaway where he snapped a shot home from the right side at just the seven-second mark.

Just over two minutes later, Ben Lovejoy sent a shot on net from the right point that hit off the skate of Conner for a 2-0 lead.

Kennedy got on the scoresheet at the 7:17 mark of the first when he skated across the Tampa zone, waited till he got to the right side, and sent a low shot that hopped off the stick of a defender and trickled in.

That prompted a goaltender change, but it didn’t help as Kunitz hit the back of the net on the first shot Ellis encountered just 25 seconds after the Kennedy goal.

On the power play, the Pens made it a 5-0 game with 1:04 to play in the first when a slap shot by Goligoski at the left point changed direction off Kunitz and slid in.

The Pens continued to pour it on in the second as Mark Letestu scored on a lifted backhander that knocked the water bottle off the net at the 12:54 mark and Kunitz completed the hat trick with 11 seconds left in the middle frame.

To add insult to injury, Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot earlier in the second period, but he fell down on the attempt before getting a shot off.

Hall scored 2:25 into the third to relieve the visitors of the burden of a shutout loss, but it was countered by Goligoski just over a minute later to account for the final score.

Game Notes

It was a season high in goals for by Pittsburgh and tied a season high in goals against for Tampa Bay…Pittsburgh plays at Montreal on Thursday…Tampa continues its four-game road trip in Ottawa on Saturday…Pittsburgh has won two of the three meetings with Tampa this season. These teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on March 31 in Tampa Bay…The Penguins’ record for fastest goal to start a game is six seconds by Jean Pronovost in 1976.

01/05 22:35:01 ET

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Final Score: Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Washington Capitals 0 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Martin St. Louis tallied with 2:06 left in overtime to lift Tampa Bay over Washington, 1-0, at Verizon Center.

Vinny Lecavalier unloaded a shot from the right circle that Semyon Varlamov kicked out with his pad, but the rebound came out to St. Louis, who made no mistake to the half-open net for the game-winner.

Making his Tampa debut after being dealt from the Islanders on Saturday, Dwayne Roloson stopped all 34 shots he faced for the Lightning, who took over sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division with their eighth win in 10 games.

Varlamov took the loss despite 37 stops for the Capitals, who had won five of six coming in and who trail the Bolts by two points for the division lead.

01/04 21:44:11 ET

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Lightning Send Wishart To Islanders For Roloson

The Lightning have acquired veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart. The immediate question is how this move affects the tandem of Dan Ellis and Mike Smith and is womething that will probably be resolved sooner than later. Keep an eye on Raw Charge for up-to-the-minute analysis as this situation develops.

Official team press release:

LIGHTNING ACQUIRE G DWAYNE ROLOSON FROM ISLANDERS

D Ty Wishart Sent to Long Island

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart tonight, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“In this trade we give up a promising, former first-round pick. We wish him luck in the Islanders organization,” Yzerman said. “In Roloson we have acquired a proven, veteran goaltender who will provide stability in net.”

Roloson, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, has played in 20 games with the Islanders this season, posting a 6-13-1 record, a .916 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. He leads all New York goaltenders each category as well as games played.

A native of Simcoe , Ontario , Roloson has played in 532 career NHL games, posting a career 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He was named to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Roloson has played in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting an 18-12 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.

Roloson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 4, 1994.

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