Only one period left in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, where the Penguins still hold a 2-1 lead after a scoreless second period.
Both teams had several good chances to either extend the lead or tie the game. The Lightning overskated fat rebounds allowed by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and had other chances roll off their sticks in scoring range. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s best scoring opportunities came on a power play after Steve Downie shot the puck into the crowd from his own zone for a delay of game penalty. First, defenseman Kris Letang nearly snuck one past Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson after the puck deflected twice on the way to the net. But the puck came to a stop between Roloson’s pads, just short of the goal line. Moments later, James Neal had the puck at the right post with Roloson down on the ice, but somehow it stayed out of the net.
Lightning forward Ryan Malone briefly left the game with an upper-body injury. While his return was initially listed as questionable, he was back on the ice a few minutes later. It’s the playoffs.