Back-to-back games are tough for any NHL team. So when the Tampa Bay Lightning shutout the Washington Capitals last night 1-0 and then had to face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, you could easily expect a bit of a letdown.
Head coach Guy Boucher and co. definitely didn't have what happened during the first period in mind.
Pittsburgh would score three more times over the next seven minutes and add a fourth late in the first to finish off an impressive 5-0 period. Roloson was replaced by Dan Ellis(notes) after the third Penguins goal and Ellis promptly allowed a goal on the first shot he faced.
The troubles continued for Tampa into the second period as early on, Steven Stamkos(notes) was awarded a penalty shot and soon joined Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) in the running for the "NHL Blooper of the Year":
Uh, wow. Not quite the spin move FSN Pittsburgh's Bob Errey was expecting.
Tough luck for Stamkos losing an edge and having that happen on the road and in the middle of a blowout. Not quite Kovalchuk'ian with a game on the line, but definitely one of the more memorable gaffes of the season so far.