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NHL Eastern Conference Final Update: Lightning Win, Lead 3 Games To 2

May 23, 2016

For the second straight game, the Tampa Bay Lightning posted a (4-3) win vs the Pittsburgh Penguins, this one at Pittsburgh, and now have a 3 games to 2 semi-final series lead in a bid for their second straight NHL finals appearance.

In Friday night’s game 4, series squaring win the Lightning built a (4-0) lead and held on for that (4-3) victory. Last night Tampa Bay had to fight back from (2-0) and (3-2) deficits before winning the game on a goal credited to Tyler Johnson.

Twice the great player, Nikita Kucherov tied the game for “T.B. ,” the second time with less than 4 minutes to play in regulation.

In their quarterfinal series victory vs the New York Islanders, Kucherov tied games 3 and 4 on the road with third period goals, before the Lightning won the game in overtime.

In game 4 of that series, Jason Garrison’s “blast” won the game in overtime, while last night he took the shot and gets the primary assist, as the puck went off Johnson’s back and into the net giving Tampa Bay a (3-2) semi-final series lead, earned with a Sunday night road win for the second straight season.

Last year, the Lightning lost game 6 at home before winning game 7 on the road at Madison Square Garden vs the New York Rangers. The three previous Lightning semi-final series went 7 games, with the team ahead (3-2) in games, winning each time. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Tampa.

 

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