In a night that was a disaster for the Tampa Bay Lightning before the fans’ seats were warm, it was only magnified when star forward Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot. Just before the penalty shot, Stamkos lost an edge causing him to fall on the ice. But people don’t see that, people see what happens next:
The Bolts lost 8-1 to the Penguins. It was bad for Tampa to play Pittsburgh the next game after the Winter Classic, because the Penguins was surely a ticked off team and was going to take it out on whomever they played next. Evgeni Malkin scored seven seconds into the contest, and Chris Kunitz had a hat trick. Scoring leaders Stamkos and Sidney Crosby was largely quiet, but Crosby did add an assist.