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Saturday, April 16, 2011
 

Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher didn't raise an overwhelming fuss, but made it clear that he wasn't pleased with the officiating in Game 1.

With the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" blasting from his team's locker room after Game 2, Boucher emerged with a smile.

For a rookie coach, he is quickly learning how to work the system.

"When your power play works, it gives you momentum," Boucher said after the Lightning went 2 for 6 on the power play in a 5-1 victory over the Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

The Lightning are alive in this best-of-7 series, which is tied at 1-1, because the power play was given some life, which wasn't the case in Game 1.

Tampa Bay worked on the advantage just once in that loss.

"This was much nicer," winger Martin St. Louis said of the officiating. "It was nice to have it a little more even, that's for sure. They called a lot tonight and it worked out for us."

St. Louis was one of the most aggravated Tampa Bay players after Game 1. A double root canal — courtesy of a stick in the face from Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek — had St. Louis in a surly mood before Game 2.

Redemption for St. Louis was a backbreaking goal late in the second period with Brooks Orpik in the penalty box for the Penguins.

"It certainly made a difference tonight," Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina said. "It's tough when you've only got one power play in a game. We got a few, and we made them pay tonight."

Referees Tim Peel and Chris Rooney called a tight game, issuing 15 combined penalties. Game 1 featured 10.

"We took too many penalties," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We made it a factor in the game. It was a big part of the game."

The Penguins know they can't match the Lightning's power-play prowess, and they can't let special teams dictate this series — especially with left wing Matt Cooke, a top penalty killer, suspended for Round 1.

"I don't know if it's always better for us if special teams are a big part of the game," St. Louis said. "But it definitely was (last night). Our power play was good. Really good."

Boucher was not upset with his team being shorthanded six times in Game 1, but rather, was irritated by his team only receiving one power play. A more energetic Lightning team forced the Penguins into a number of costly penalties.

With Penguins center Jordan Staal in the penalty box in the first period, Vincent Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead.

Then, with Orpik called for a penalty just as the Penguins seemed on the verge of a possible comeback, St. Louis silenced Consol Energy Center with a goal 14 seconds before the second period's conclusion for a 4-1 lead.

"We just played with more speed," Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson said. "When you play with energy like that, you draw penalties and force the refs to make those calls."

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Tampa Bay defeats the Penguins, 5-1, in Game 2 of their first round playoff series Friday April 15, 2011 at Consol Energy Center.

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