Tampa Bay struggled to generate scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes, only getting seven shots on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and generating very few good opportunities among those. Pittsburgh is attempting a physical style of play to take the Lightning off the puck and keep them out of the goal mouth. Which is a good thing, because Fleury appears to still be susceptible to giving up rebounds.
Pittsburgh put 15 shots on Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson in the first period, but many of them were from the edges and the corners and he turned them all aside. The Penguins had the only two power plays of the first period, but once again they could not capitalize, dropping them to a dismal 1-for-32 in the series with the man advatange.