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Empty Netter Assists - 'There’s no feeling like playing in a Game 7' - 05-26-16

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Lightning

-“There’s just no fun, there’s no atmosphere, there’s no feeling like playing in a Game 7. It is the ultimate." - Center Matt Cullen.

-Three wins. Three game-winning goals by captain/center Sidney Crosby.

-“When Sid’s playing that way, I think it certainly gives our bench a big lift." - Mike Sullivan on Crosby.

-The Penguins have a mixed history of Game 7s.

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (left leg) is doubtful to play in Game 7 while captain/center Steven Stamkos' (blood clot) status is unchanged.

-"I definitely think there's a calmness within our group and how we approach games like these. We know we have it in us. It's just a matter of finding that emotion and that energy." - Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman on Game 7.

-Dressing seven defensemen isn't anything out of the ordinary for the Lightning

-After the Jump: The Sharks head to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.

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Conspiracy Theories

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Donald Trump says a lot of crazy stuff that should have eliminated him as a candidate a long time ago. But this is America, where even a reality TV star who spews nutty conspiracy theories can win the GOP nomination. Yay. 

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Seven defensemen a normal look for the Lightning - 05-25-16

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For five of the six games in the Eastern Conference final, the Lightning has dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

Most teams only use this unusual alignment in the event of something along the lines of an injury or other player unavailability. The Penguins used 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Rangers due to injures to forwards Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust.

For the Lightning, it's just business as usual. Tampa Bay used the alignment in four of its five games in the second round against the Islanders and used it repeatedly during its run to the Stanley Cup final last season.

"[Head coach Jon Cooper] obviously likes it," said defenseman Slater Koekoek (right). "And I'm thankful for it because it means I get in the games."

Cooper said he has used the alignment throughout his coaching career.

"I've done this before," Cooper said. "It's not new. I did it in the minors all the time. I just -- there's so many different reasons why it can be a  matchup  problem.  Sometimes  it's maybe you can use your seventh defenseman more than your 12th forward."

Koekkoek occasionally has served as the team's seventh defensemen in games. Not having a regular defensive partner or shift can offer challenges.

"It's different because you don't know who you're going to go with or when it might be," Koekkoek said. "Usually when I see their fourth [line] come over the boards, that means I might be going soon. That's kind of when I get prepared for it.”

For a top-four defenseman such as Braydon Coburn, any differences are minimal for him.

“I think there's probably a little bit more managing probably from the [defensive assistant] coach [Rick Bowness] just trying to make sure everybody's in the game," said Coburn. "Trying to make sure you keep the pairs straight. I think it's a little bit more juggling on their part than our part. We just kind of wait until we're called then you jump out there and do your job.”

Playing against seven defensemen doesn't appear to be a concern for the Penguins.

"I don't think it's nothing you think about," said left winger Carl Hagelin. "Their seventh [defenseman] gets a shift here or there but other than that, there's nothing."

Regardless of how the Penguins may or may not react to it, it's clearly a roster decision the Lightning has had success with.

"Our guys are comfortable with it," Cooper said. "Sometimes you have an ability to  get  some  of  your better players out there more in those cases, and I just  like  having  the extra defenseman at the disposal, especially in the day  and  age  of the TV time-outs and how many breaks there are in between with  all  those built-in mini rests in there, and having a certain arsenal -- or a lot of times it's been 11 and 7, and for the most part, it's worked out pretty well for us."

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Lightning - 05-25-16

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Lightning

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “They made a push. We bent, but we didn’t break.” - Right winger Phil Kessel.

-The Associated Press' recap. "They had a certain mindset going into this tonight: 'We're going to leave it all out there and do everything we can to bring this back to Pittsburgh.' And, certainly that's what they did." - head coach Mike Sullivan on his players.

-The Tampa Bay Times' recap. "It wasn't our best game. You've got to be better. We have to step up." - Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Goaltender Matt Murray reached back for this puck:

-Vasilevskiy was all over this puck:

-Happy times for Lightning center Brian Boyle and company:

-A hockey night in Tampa:

-“That’s a huge break for us. If they get 1-0, it’s a whole different ballgame." - Right winger Patric Hornqvist on the Lightning having a would-be goal nullified by a coach's challenge from the Penguins.

-Goaltender Matt Murray was back in net for Game 6.

Kelly Cup

-Forwards John McCarron and Cody Wydo each had a goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a series-clinching 5-2 win against the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Forward Ty Loney had a goal and an assist for Wheeling while goaltender Brian Foster made 28 saves.

-The Nailers advanced to the Kelly Cup final for the first time since 1993 when they were known as the Wheeling Thunderbirds. They will play the Allen (Texas) Americans.

The schedule:

Game 1 – May 28, 9:05 p.m. at Allen.
Game 2 – May 29, 5:05 p.m. at Allen
Game 3 – June 1, 7:05 p.m. at Wheeling
Game 4 – June 3, 7:35 p.m. at Wheeling
Game 5 – June 4, 7:35 p.m. at Wheeling-*
Game 6 – June 9, 8:05 p.m. at Allen-*
Game 7 – June 11 , 8:05 p.m. at Allen-*

All times listed are EDT. 
*-If necessary.

Blues - Sharks

-The Blues will dress goaltender Brian Elliott in Game 6 after dressing goaltender Jake Allen in Game 5.

-"What happens with goal-scorers when they get frustrated is they look to hit home runs. We need him to just act like a worker. I know that’s a funny thing to say, but he’s looking for the home run. The guy he’s playing against [Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic], did the same thing to [Kings forward Tyler Toffoli] and did the same thing to [Predators forward Filip Fosberg]. You can’t look for home runs. They’re not there. You’ve just got to stay in program, stay with a little bit longer, and trust your work.” - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on forward Vladimir Tarasenko being held without a point this series.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed captain/right winger Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year American League contract. Kostopoulos will play in his 18th professional season.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins left winger and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Pat Graham. A sixth-round pick in 1980, Graham spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, he appeared in 42 games and recorded 14 points. The following season, he was limited to 20 games and six points. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with goaltender Nick Ricci in exchange for center Rocky Saganiuk and goaltender Vincent Tremblay.

-Happy 22nd birthday to current Penguins goaltender Matt Murray. A third round pick in 2012, Murray is in his first NHL season. After setting several goaltending records in the AHL in 2014-15, Murray debuted in the NHL this season by appearing in 13 regular season games and going 9-2-1 with a 2.00 goals against average, a .930 save percentage and one shutout. This postseason, Murray has played in 14 games and has a 10-4 record with a 2.30 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout. 

Atlantic Division

-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr will not play for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

-The Bruins signed defenseman Kevan Miller, a pending unrestricted free agent, to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $10 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $800,000, Miller's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.5 million. Miller, 28, appeared in 73 games this past season and scored 18 points (five goals, 13 assists). 

-EN Says: This is a fair contract for a player in Miller's role. He's a sturdy bottom-four defender who plays a physical game and will occasionally drop the gloves. Giving a four-year contract to a player with shoulder issues is a fair concern but if Miller can stay healthy, this is a fair contract.

-The Bruins re-signed pending restricted free agent defenseman Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Bruins named Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo as assistant coaches. Assistant coach Doug Jarvis was not retained.

-The Senators signed former Lightning forward Tom Pyatt to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks signed undrafted goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg to one-year contracts. Johnsson, 28, signed a one-way deal worth $575,000. In 51 games with Frolunda of Sweden's SHL last seaosn, Johansson had a 27-6-0 record with a 1.74 goals against average, .927 save percentage and seven shutouts. Kempny and Lundberg each signed signed two-way contracts.  

-The Wild signed forward Chase Lang, a sixth-round pick in 2014, to a three-year entry-level contract

-The Avalanche signed defenseman Anton Lindholm, a fifth-round pick in 2014, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Norris Division

-Former Oilers/Flyers/Ducks/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Danny Syvret has joined the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL.

-Former Oilers/Islanders/Thrashers/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Rob Schremp has joined the SCL Tigers of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Jason Behnken/Getty Images, Mike Carlson/Getty Images, Peter Diana/Post-Gazette and Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

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Postgame thoughts - Penguins 5, Lightning 2 - 05-24-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Observations from the Penguins' 5-2 win against the Lightning:

The Penguins have three wins in this series.

Center Sidney Crosby has all three game-winning goals in each of those contests.

Sense a trend?

After largely being inert in a deflating Game 5 loss, the Penguins' top players had their fingerprints all over a victory which extended their season by at least one game.

After getting two big breaks in the form of a reviewed offside call and five-on-three power play, the Penguins' top players staked out a three-goal cushion which was enough to withstand a furious charge by the Lightning. With goaltender Matt Murray valiantly trying to keep the hordes from storming the castle, the Penguins stamped out the Lightning's momentum with late goals which allowed them to return home with a chance to move on to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in seven years.

Their stars put them in this position tonight.

"That's what big players do in big moments," said right winger Patric Hornqvist.

What happened

The Lightning appeared to take the game's first lead at 5:12 of the first period. Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat went wide with the puck in the left circle and fed a pass past stretched out defenseman Kris Letang and through the leg of defenseman Brian Dumoulin in the slot. The puck found left winger Jonathan Drouin trailing in the right circle. With Murray out of position, Drouin was able to slide the puck into a wide open net. The Penguins challenged the play based on it being offside. After a lengthy review, the officials determined Hedman entered the offensive zone before the puck. No goal.

A power-play goal on a five-on-three advantage gave the Penguins' the game's first lead with 1:14 remaining in the first period. Center Evgeni Malkin fed a pass from the high slot to center Sidney Crosby in the right circle. Crosby attempted a cross-ice pass which he fanned on a bit. The puck hopped into the air through the slot. Right winger Phil Kessel, positioned to the left of the crease, was able to swat the puck out of the air past the blocker of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Assists went to Crosby and Malkin.

They made it a 2-0 game at 7:40 of the second period. Left winger Conor Sheary gained the offensive zone at center point and veered to above the right circle. He curled around and fed a pass to Letang trailing. Using a cluster of bodies, including right winger Patric Hornqvist as a screen, Letang ripped a wrister which beat Vasilevskiy's blocker on the far side. Sheary and center Nick Bonino netted assists.

A late goal with 26 seconds left in the second period made it a 3-0 contest. After Hornqvist forced Lightning center Tyler Johnson into a turnover in the neutral zone, Crosby collected the puck, gained the offensive zone with speed at center point, blew by Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman and attacked the net where he snapped off a wrister through Vasilevskiy's five hole. Hornqvist netted the lone assist.

The Lightning got on the scoreboard at 5:30 of the third period thanks to some luck. Lightning center Brian Boyle pushed a puck up the right wing and as Dumoulin pressured, he flung a backhanded pass attempt towards the slot. Kessel, on a backcheck, tried to knock the puck out of midair but ended deflecting it past Murray's glove hand on the near side. The goal was unassisted.  

It became a 3-2 game at 7:17 of the third. Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek tried to feed a pass from the left circle but his pass attempt was blocked by sliding center Eric Fehr. The puck hopped across the ice to Boyle in the right circle. He settled the puck with his skate and sniped a wrister past Murray's right shoulder and into the net on the far side. Koekkoek and Drouin netted assists.

With the Lightning bombarding the offensive zone, the Penguins got a big insurance goal from right winger Bryan Rust with 2:08 left in regulation. Left winger Chris Kunitz settled a puck on this right half wall and feathered a smooth pass up ice to Rust. Rust pulled away from Hedman and approached the net. He deked to his backhand, got Vasilevskiy to commit and pulled back to his forehand as he tucked in a shot by Vasilevskiy's left skate. The goal snuffed out the Lightning's comeback hopes and secured the win as well as a Game 7. Kunitz and defenseman Olli Maatta had assists. 

An empty net goal by Bonino with 54 seconds left in regulation capped off the scoring. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy had the only assist. 

The Penguins

The coach's challenge issued by the Penguins was critical. The Lightning seemingly had so much momentum off that goal. The building was rocking. Its players had some jump in their step celebrating. Then it was ground to a halt with the lengthy review and then subsequent decicison. As this series has shown, almost no deficit is too much to overcome but an early lead for the Lightning gives this game a different road map.

-Murray almost seemed automatic after that non-goal. He was in perfect position nearly every time and didn't really have to scramble to make many saves. The only goals he allowed were off a fluky hop from his own player's stick and a nearly perfect shot by Boyle. He rebounded off of being benched in Game 5 and showed he is clearly the Penguins' top goaltender at the moment.

-Letang rebounded in a big way as well. It wasn't so much just his goal, which was nice. But just his composure in most situations. He wasn't out of position as he was often during Game 5. He had a clean game. The Penguins need this version of Kris Letang if they hope to advance.

-The Penguins got a tad lucky with the two-man advantage they worked with in the first period leading to Kessel's goal. After Stralman was called for interference, Hedman shot a puck out of play from his own zone above the netting behind the Penguins' zone and was called for delay of game. Crosby appeared to fan on a pass attempt which hopped up. Kessel was able to get a stick on the airborne puck to score the goal. Regardless of what happened, the fact the Penguins were able to get a goal with the Lightning's top two defensive defensemen in the box was crucial. 

-Crosby's goal was a work of art. It was one of those dominant power goals which punctuated the early parts of his career. The timing of it was critical. The Lightning seemed to settle things a bit after Letang's goal and was set to enter the third period only trailing by two goals. Crosby's goal made the hill a little steeper to climb.

-The Kunitz-Malkin-Rust line, or at least elements of it, continues to contribute. Rust's goal was a smooth breakaway which squashed any hopes the Lightning had at tying the game. It was set up by a perfect pass from Kunitz. This trio has really driven a lot of this team's offense as of late.

-Sheary returned to the lineup as well after being a scratch in Game 5. He looked recharged. His skating was sharper and he made a nice entry as well as a nice drop pass setting up Letang's goal. The Penguins need more of this from him in Game 7.

-The fact that the Penguins got three power-play chances to the Lightning's one certainly didn't hurt their cause.

-Malkin appeared to be shaken up on a big hit in the third period by Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn:

-Malkin went to the bench in discomfort but finished the game.

The Lightning

-While the Penguins' top players drove their team, the Lightning's top remaining healthy players didn't offer much, at least after Drouin's non-goal. Both Tampa Bay goals came from a bottom six forward. The Lightning need a greater contribution from the likes of Johnson, Palat, right winger Nikita Kucherov and others.

-We're not sure how to fairly gauge Vasilevskiy's game. He was under a bevy of shots most of the night and just didn't look sharp. Regardless of how many shots he faces, Vasilevskiy needs to rebound in a big way in Game 7.

-Hedman really seemed to struggle. He was on the ice for four of the Penguins' goals, including the empty netter and took the penalty which led to Kessel's goal. It was easily his worst game of the series.

-It's no coincidence that when Letang and Hedman struggle, their teams tend to not do well.

Quotable

-Head coach Mike Sullivan spoke of his team's top players:

"I think our guys have really bought into it, especially our top guys, you  know,  the  guys -- guys like Sid, [Malkin], Phil Kessel.  They're playing away  from  the  puck.   They're  playing hard away from the puck.  They're competing  in  loose  puck  battles, and they're back-checking and tracking pucks  from  behind. They're  stopping  in  the  defensive zone to try to protect the scoring area. It's  hard  to  win  at  this time of year if everybody's not playing defense and not buying in like that.  And I think, when your top guys, when they  lead the charge in that regard, everyone else follows suit.  So I tip my  hat to those guys.  It's a credit to them that they're playing the game as hard as they are but also as smart as they're playing right now."

-Crosby was asked about himself and others stepping up:

"Yeah, I think -- yeah, we know the circumstances. I think  you  go out there with the mindset of playing desperate, and I think it's  pretty  natural  when  you're  in  this  situation.  I think we have confidence in the whole group, no matter who it needs to be to step up. I think everyone played great tonight.  Everyone contributes in their own  way  in  a big game like this.  You don't have to do anything special. You've  just  got  to do your job.  I think that got us this far going into tonight. As  for  Matt,  I  think he can speak more about it, but he was solid again.   It's  a  big game, and they're coming hard in the third period and put  a lot of pressure on us.  Even with their lead, he made some big saves for us."

-Sullivan explained the coach's challenge on Drouin's non-goal:

"I think it was a huge moment in the game.  Our video guy saw it.  He radioed it to [assistant coach Rick Tocchet], and it was close, but he felt as though it  was  offside,  and  it  was  close  enough  that we certainly wanted to challenge  it.   It  was a great call by him.  It was certainly, I think, a big  part  of  the  game.   If  they  get  the first goal, it lights up the building,  and  all  of a sudden, momentum gets difficult.  So I thought it was  a great call by [video coach Andy Saucier], and certainly, I think, our team actually got a boost from it because we knew we had dodged a bullet there."

-Kunitz talked about the team's relief after Drouin's non-goal:

“Maybe calmed the nerves a little. Got us a second chance to go back and just kind of regroup. I didn't know it was going to be offside. I had been on a long shift. I got stuck on my back check and they're going to beat me up. So I'm probably the most thankful for that one to be called off.”

-Hornqvist echoed that sentiment:

“Obviously, that's a huge break for us. If they go up, 1-0, that's a whole different ball game. But the [referees] did a good job. That was offside so it got disallowed and then we got lucky too. We got that five-on-three. [Hedman] shot a slap shot from his own end and shot it over the net. You don't see that too often. When you get those breaks, you have to take advantage of that and we did. That was a big part of our win.”

-Murray dismissed a suggestion that he was recharged after sitting Game 5:

"I don't  think  it  made much of a difference,  to  be honest.  It's just the cards that we're dealt, I guess, and  I thought I handled it pretty well.  Yeah, like I said, I can't really worry  about that stuff.  I just have to take things as they come and focus on staying in the moment."

-Hornqvist lauded Murray:

"Matt was huge for us the last 10 minutes. He's 21 years old but he plays like he's 30. We can't say enough about him."

-Rust liked Murray's game:

"He played great. He made a ton of huge saves there to kind of keep it under control in the third which was nice and in the first two periods. It was good to have him in there to calm things there on the back end."

-Sullivan talked about Murray's approach to the game:

"I  think  that's  just  part of his DNA.  He has a calming  influence.  He doesn't get rattled.  If he lets a goal in, he just continues  to  compete.  That's usually an attribute that takes -- it takes --  usually  it takes years to acquire that, and to have it at such a young age  is impressive.  That's always impressed us about him.  Certainly, it's impressed  me  since I've got to know him and watch him as a goaltender but also as a person. He's a real hard competitor, and I think one of his biggest strengths is  just  his  ability to stay in the moment and not get overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding him.  He controls what he can.  He competes hard, and  I think, as I said this morning, I think he has a calming influence on the group."

-Center Matt Cullen spoke to the timing of Crosby's goal:

"That was just an unbelievable goal by him. You've seen him score goals like that before with that power coming through the middle. He made a really nice kind of slash there with the puck and drove to the net and made a great finish. Huge goal for us because we had played really well and had a lot of momentum. To get that one late in the period, that was big.”

-Crosby gave some play-by-play of his goal:

"Yeah, as soon as I turned with the puck, I could tell they  were  probably in the middle of coming up the gap.  So I had a little bit  more space.  So I just tried to get some speed off that turnover there that [Hornqvist] made, and had a lane and just tried to hit it.  That's a great play  by  him.   I  mean, if he doesn't back-check, it's probably a nothing play,  and they're going back the other way.  But he gets that turnover and kind of catch them in between there."

-Hornqvist talked about Crosby's goal:

“That's what the best players in the world do. They can make things happen from nothing. It's a broken play from the neutral zone and then he undressed the other team and put it five hole. We're forutnate to have him and [Malkin] and [Letang] in the lineup. They can make plays from nothing."

-Rust joked about his breakaway acumen:

“I think my breakaway percentage is now 1 for 10, 10 percent. So I still rely on my energy game.”

-Rust gave a breakdown of the goal:

“I think [Kunitz] saw me the whole way. By the time I yelled, the pass was already on its way. I saw the weak side [defense] was there so I tried to take off.”

-Kunitz spoke about Rust's goal:

“He jokes around. I think he said he only scores on one in 10 breakaways. But he needed that one. It was perfect for him to go down. He had a lot of time. Beat the defenseman and made a good move on the goalie. I think when you have speed like [Rust], you make sure you have a full head [of speed] and hang onto that puck and put it on net whenever you can. He does a good job of that.”

-Rust said his goal gave the team some relief:

“Especially them climbing back. There's only two minutes left in the game, so I think it kind of relaxed guys a little bit. Guys could kind of let out a deep breath. Didn't want to let up for the last two minutes but it gave us a little bit more sense of comfort.”

-Hornqvist liked what Sheary brought to his line:

"A lot of speed. He makes a really good play there to the [second] goal. He delayed and found [Letang] and [Letang] found the back of the net. He has a lot of speed and work ethic.”

-Crosby spoke about Sheary:

"Well,  speed, that's his biggest thing.  That's his game.  Like he did on that play, he makes really good plays off the rush in the  zone.  Made a good play to delay and find [Letang] and join the rush, but  his biggest strength is his speed.  Whether he's generating stuff from the  fore-check  or  hold  on  to the puck and driving wide, he pushes guys back.  That's a big part of our team game, but a big part of his as well."

-Hornqvist spoke about why he "guaranteed" a Game 7 after Game 5:

"Because we've been in this spot so many times. We weren't in the playoffs [contention] when [Sullivan] took over. We went through a lot. In the last three months I think we've played really good hockey. This group has found a way to win big games. Now, we have to come up with an even bigger one."

-Rust is eager to play Game 7:

"I'm excited. It's one of those things you think about when you're a kid and growing up and playing in those types of game. So I'm really excited."

-Lightning coach Jon Cooper dismissed any suggestion the Penguins' players outplayed his top players:

"They played better than us for two periods.  That was it.  All their players pretty much played better than all our players for 40 minutes.  All our players played probably better than them for 20 minutes.  That's it.  Can't sit here and say one star played better than the other, no. Kessel had a five-on-three goal that was a big goal for him, but I can't say these guys -- they played well as a team.  You can't single out guys.  It's a team game.  So we just -- I said this a few games ago.  We have to play better.  That's the bottom line.  Usually the team that plays better wins."

Numbers

-The Penguins had a 34-30 lead in shots.

-Lightning center Alex Killorn led the game with five shots.

-Bonino, Letang and Crosby each led the game with four shots.

-Hedman led the game with 25:54 of ice time.

-Letang led the Penguins with 23:48 of ice time.

-The Lightning controlled faceoffs, 39-31 (56 percent).

-Johnson was 11 for 17 (65 percent).

-Crosby was 13 for 25 (52 percent).

-Hornqvist led the game with three blocked shots.

-Coburn led the Lightning with two blocked shots.

Historically speaking

-Crosby joined left winger Kevin Stevens (1991 Patrick Division final vs. the Capitals) as the only players in franchise history with three game-winning goals in the same series.

-The only player in NHL history to score four game-winning goals in one series was Islanders hall-of-fame right winger Mike Bossy in the 1983 Wales Conference final vs. the Bruins.

-Murray made some history:

Visuals

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights:

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