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Penguins/Lightning Goes To A Seventh Game

May 25, 2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins built a (3-0) lead and won (4-2) at Tampa Bay, vs the Lightning in game 6, to force a seventh and deciding game in the NHL semi-finals/Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Matt Murray, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, returned as the Pens’ goaltender and recorded the victory, getting help from coach Mike Sullivan’s successful challenge of an apparent Jonathan Drouin goal, which instead was ruled an offside play.

Thus instead of T.B. scoring first, eventually it was Phil Kessel (his 9th goal of these ‘offs to lead which leads the Pens) and the Penguins, who did so.

Incredibly or maybe not that incredibly, since the first goal/”wood” is so important in the playoffs, 10 of the 11 games in the “semis,” have produced results, in which the team scoring first won the game.

Sidney Crosby has all three game winning goals for the Penguins in this series, his goal making the score (3-0), getting the honor in this one. He also assisted on Kessel’s, obviously important opening goal.

Kris Letang, whose goal made the score (2-0) and Bryan Rust, whose nice breakaway goal insured the win, at (4-2) Pens, also had big goals.

All four Tampa Lightning semi-final series have gone to a decisive 7th game and for the second straight season the Lightning won game 5 on the road, but failed to close out their semi, instead losing game 6 at home. Last year Tampa Bay won game 7 on the road at New York, vs the Rangers.

 

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