Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedotenko connected in the first period
You know, for preaseason hockey these guys aren't messing around. Just ask Pittsburgh Penguins' prospect Paul Bissonnette, who racked up 20 minutes of penalties (two fights and a game misconduct). Or you can ask the Lightning's David Koci - you know, the guy who put the late hit on Gonchar the other night; who collected 22 minutes (two fights, misconduct and a slashing call).
So much for meaningless games.
But hey, Alex Goligoski showed a lot of promise Monday night on the blue line. For a team that has their howitzer shooting power-play specialist up for an MRI sometime this week, GoGo couldn't have picked a better time to step up his game. He may not have found the back of the net, but he helped Kris Letang on the PP in the first period and added the secondary assist to Tyler Kennedy's third period PP goal.
There may just be a little chemistry there with Letang and Goligoski from their WBS days too. Each tallied two points on the power play, showing they can back up their "we can do it if you need us" statements in regards to Gonchar. Goligoski now has three assists over the first two games, no doubt padding his chances of helping out the parent club this season.
Other highlights of the night: Aaron Boogaard waited only two minutes to pick a fight with Tampa's Zenon Konopka. We have a new enforcer in town. See also: Eric Godard.
Worth noting: The Penguins' PK hasn't allowed a goal in two preseason games, holding the Lightning to 0-for-3 Monday night and 0-for-5 Saturday.
The surprising: If Tampa's radio announcer is any indication of Sabourin's display between the pipes, then he's looking pretty good for the backup spot. That guy was getting excited about everything...
Next game: Wednesday, 7:30 against the Leafs.