The Lightning start this game sitting in last place of the Eastern Conference. Hard to believe that we're here and the Pens are fighting for a playoff spot. Early game today, so pancakes and hockey it is.

1st Period:

Just as the Root sports commentators are talking about Stamkos and Malkin, Stamkos takes a slashing penalty on Malkin early in the 1st period. James Neal capitalizes with a sharp angle shot from the goal line past Garon to put the Pens up 1-0.

Engelland and Pierre-Cedric Labrie go at it.


Engelland has the edge in the fight but we get an appearance of Labrie's hair.


At this point in the game, the Lightning only have 1 shot on net.

Rest of the recap after the jump...

At 10:38 Richard Park gets his first in 18 games. Pens are up 2-0 and the Lightning still have just 1 shot on net.

Boucher is trying to shoot laser beams out of his eyes

Lecavalier gets a great shot on net with just over 3 minutes left from a great pass from Malone. Vinny has a wide open net and he shoots the puck through Fleury's five hole and out of the crease. This is exactly how the season is going.


Engelland has Downie lined up for a big open ice hit, Downie avoids it and there's a stick flying in the air.

2nd Period:

Brett Clark coughs up the puck and Richard Park rings one off of the post. The defensive zone coverage is awful. Garon is all alone on an island out there.


Some comic relief via @psamp

Ryan Malone gets one passed Fleury but it's obvious it's a no goal by a high stick.

Malone shows some battle stiches from the 1st period

Downie hits Adams right in the numbers. Gets called for boarding.

3rd Period:

The Pens are up on a PP from a Downie penalty taken in the 2nd period. Malkin feeds the puck to Neal and Neal just rips it past Garon. Pens up 3-0.

Just after Root Sports says this game is over for all intents and purposes, Stamkos behind the net passes the puck to Gilroy who gets it past Fleury. Gilroy gets his first as a Lightning.

Lightning get a PP and Lecavalier passes the puck to Malone who is parked in front of Fleury and it's now 3-2 Lightning.

Penguins call a time out trying to stop the goals.

Lightning go back to work, Purcell outworks the Pens and gets a 2nd effort to tie up the game.

The tie game is shortlived as Malkin gets away from Thompson and backhands the puck past Garon to make it 4-3.

Bad change by the Lightning. Malkin is all alone with the puck, Gervais tries to hustle back but Malkin>Gervais and Malkin makes it 5-3 with another backhand.

Malkin dodges a check from Vinny. Vinny goes mad Hulk-style. Lecavalier remains on the ice and hunts down Malkin. The two of them go at it, late sucker punch by Lecavalier on Malkin with all the players/linesmen holding them down.

Venetian Dental brings us the jersey foul of today's game (photo via @allisonyoung:


That sir is a jersey foul.

Lecavalier is done for the day with a 2 minute roughing penalty and a 10 minute misconduct.

Play resumes, but more talking on the ice. Some pushing and shoving, and the refs through out both Kubina and James Neal with a 10 minute misconduct each.

The period ends with Malkin getting an empty net goal for his hattrick of the day.

The Pens outshot the Lightning 44-20

The Lightning remain in 15th place in the Eastern Conference.