That joke isn't funny anymore: Smith and Lightning blank Penguins 2-0

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When there's a game-time open thread where there are just as many comments about food as there are about the game, you can surmise how the game is going even without seeing the score.

Coming into the game, Mike Smith had a 2.01 GAA and .912 SV% in five appearances against the Penguins.  Those both changed in Smith's favor, as the Lightning defense was in every possible lane all night.  They only scored twice--once on an amazing one-timer from Steven Stamkos and one off the post by Steve Downie--and that was more than they needed to get the job done.

In the first period, the Penguins failed to score on a 5 minute power play after Matt Lashoff got a boarding major plus a game misconduct for wrecking Ruslan Fedotenko in the corner.  That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game, as any fire the Penguins seem to have had before that point dissipated completely aside from a bunch of scrums in front of the net after whistles and a fight by Bill Guerin against the man of the awesome name, Zenon Konopka.

In the end, Fleury made some huge saves to keep the Penguins in the game, and Mike Smith made all the easy saves he was asked to make.  This really was a case of the Penguins skaters being listless for the vast majority of 60 minutes, top to bottom.

The Penguins have clinched a playoff spot, so technically speaking, they don't need to win any of these games; however, if they continue to play like they're trying to drive on flat tires, it might just drive me to drink.

Anyone who gets the reference in the headline wins an internet cookie.

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