"To be the best, you've got to beat the best."
The Lightning had a chance to sweep the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, and the Penguins had a chance to beat the NHL's best team amidst a rough patch. Both teams wanted this win for their resume, but the Penguins needed it to prove they were a threat to the East and to the league ... and I had the best seat in the house for it.
Three goals in the first period ... when does that happen!?
The last year and a half has been so comically second period-heavy that I barely expect to see the puck for my 20 minutes of defensive zone time because the Penguins will be too busy scoring. Saturday night, though, Bryan Rust started a party right in front of me while shorthanded, and it never stopped. Sure, the second period featured a Phil Kessel beauty of a bar-down snipe, but it was primarily a chance to celebrate Tristan Jarry's emergence.
Up top is a gleeful Sidney Crosby celebrating his first goal of his two-goal game, and certainly the upward trajectory of his recent play.
Let's take a look at the rest of my favorites from the 5-2 win over the Lightning:
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