Game 6: Pens Fall To Lightning, 4-2

TAMPA BAY (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins dropped Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, losing 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

The Pens and Lightning are now tied 3-3 in the series.

For the first time in this series, the team that scored first didn’t win. Pascal Dupuis gave the Pens a 1-0 lead at 8:23 with an assist from Max Talbot who took advantage of Roloson’s bad pass behind the net.

Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell tied it about eight minutes later on a shot set up by former Penguin Ryan Malone and Steve Downie after the Pens killed a penalty.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead in the second period with a goal by Sean Bergenheim. Early in the third, Jordan Staal tied it, but just over a minute later at 4:55, Downie scored off assists from Vince Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

Then Malone picked up a goal at 9:34 to make it 4-2.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves.

Steven Stamkos, Gagne and Pavel Kubina each scored two goals in the Lightning’s Game 5 win, when Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher encouraged his players to shoot the puck more in hopes of increasing opportunities for rebounds. The result was a barrage of goals that chased Fleury less than 15 minutes into the rout.

  • Hobai

    Way to go Bums!!!! Blow a series with 3 to 1 game lead. Time for Crosby earn the “C” on the jersey.

  • Eileen Sullivan

    This series is sure a disappointment, We are the Penguins, what gives!!!

  • 2059

    Where’s Sid the sissy ? he sure is milkin this injury BS, get out and play or just plain get out.

    • Dave

      You are insane. A head injury is nothing to mess around with. But I do agree he should be out there in some form. The power play would be perfect. He is already taking some hits from coaches so that should be enough to ready him for playing the power play.

  • Midas

    I didnt expect to see Sid until the Pens faced elimination. That day has arrived.

  • Wilted Flower

    I hate to say this, but in a some small way I am almost glad to see where this series is headed…to a game 7. The thing that I love to hear is ALL the media guys jumping all over the Fluery bandwagon. When are you people going to wake up and see that this guy is NOT an elite goalie. Other than total wins this year, Marc-Andre was not in the top 15 for GAA and SAVE %, yet all the media glorifies this guy. My idea of an elite goalie is a guy who consistently wins 80% of his games even more so in the playoffs. A 41 year old journeyman is taking it to the media’s darling goalie. Just goes to show you what a solid goalie can do for a team in the playoffs. Trade Fluery while he still has some value. That is all he is worth. One last thing folks….Sid’s career is over. The every day skates are just a diversion making the fans think he will play again. His career is over.


      Check your stats buddy. He was 14th in Save % and 9th in GAA. He has been a disappointment in the postseason. This was by far Fleury’s best regular season and with Crosby and Malkin out HE is the reason they even made the playoffs. Even if Fleury is putting up the playoff stats the Roloson currently is putting up the Pens still can not win the Cup. Pittsburgh fans should be happy they even made the playoffs and advancing past the first round would be a bonus.

  • Marc Andre Poopy

    It is not my fault!!!!!! My teeth are so big that it makes me squint and I can’t see the puck. I still have learned what my glove is for.

  • stoopm

    Another stellar performance by this “elite” goalie. A goaltender that was as locally hyped as this clown should be able to steal at least one game, hasn’t happened, won’t happen!

  • betty magoo

    david. you say a head injury is nothing to mess with, then suggest sid should be out in some form. a head injury is NOTHING to mess wth. if he could play he would. i have nothing but respect for him if he can’t safely play and refuses. all the comments that slam him are likely from people on disability for ‘sore backs’, or ‘i broke my finger’. pittsburgh sports fans suck.

  • mark d

    Maybe some of you idiots need to consider what any other NHL team would accomplish if their best two players were out for as long as Crosby/Malkin have been out. Frontrunners the entire lot of you, what happens if Pens win game 7 then I guess you morons will be back on the bandwagon again saying how great the team is now.You may not have it both ways,be a true fan or just go away.A true fan is there no matter what happens but alot of you are only fans when your team wins.Grow up

    • stoopm

      Fans knew going in that these two players were unlikely to be available, yet a majority still picked the Pens to win in 6 games. This is the problem I have with Pittsburgh fans, little regard for their opponents. When they first faced the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup a few years ago, it was the same story, Pens in 6 games even though the two teams did not face one another at all during the season and I would guarantee that most fans knew nothing about the Wings other than their perceived “Old Age”. These idiots should try and learn something about their opponents prior to spouting off.

  • Nick

    Reading some of these posts is embarrassing. If you took the stereotypical Penguins bandwagon fan and had them speak they would make comments like some of the above. The Pens are down I would say due to two factors: No Crosby, No Malkin. They are injured, if they could play they would, the decision to play is not on them so the milking the injury comment is a joke.

    Shero tried to make up the difference to make a cup run this year with Kovy and Neal, but apparently they are pretty much a bust compared to some others on the ice – not to mention 87 & 71. Without 87, 71 the PP is a disaster, and the team has trouble scoring when they need to. This causes a ripple effect on how the other team plays the Pens (In TB case get up by 1 and go into 1 – 3 – 1 trap till the clock runs out)

    You can’t win the cup every year. Get real. Stop going to games so ticket prices can drop and I can afford to get to a game next year.

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