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Bolts vs. Pens Keys to the Game

Sunday, 01.15.2012 / 10:10 AM / Bolts Report
By Rick Peckham  - Tampa Bay Lightning Broadcaster
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Bolts vs. Pens Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game

Hello Bolts Nation!

Should be a lot of energy in the Tampa Bay Times Forum today with the Penguins in town. They've brought out the best in the Lightning in recent meetings, with the comeback from 3-1 down in the playoffs last season and an entertaining 4-1 win here Nov. 17. In our Sun Sports coverage, watch for this if the Bolts are to keep the good times rolling vs. Pitt:

KEY 1: GET TO FLEURY
Assuming he's playing, we know he's a premier goaltender, but the Bolts have fared well in winning four straight against him. In the playoffs, Tampa Bay drove the net for rebounds with success. Bolts averaged 4.5 goals on offense in six home games before the Carolina game.
KEY 2: RULE THE TOUGH AREAS
Puck battles, front of the net, that's where they turned the series last spring. It's no secret those are keys every game, but coming off a strong effort in those areas in Washington trying to come back against a big Caps team, a carry-over could be the difference today.
KEY 3: WIN SPECIAL TEAMS
Another basic, but it's true every game and the Lightning are due to have the edge here. In the 4-1 over Pitt in November, the Bolts went 2-6 on the PP, the last time TB scored 2 in a game. They also killed 7 penalties, and are 24-24 vs. the Pens in the four straight wins.

Enjoy the game everyone!

A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.