Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Tampa Bay Forces Game 7 After 4-2 Victory

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Penguins Vs. Lightning: Dwayne Roloson Is The Game-Changer For Tampa Bay

Steve Downie scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, as the Tampa Bay Lightning staved off elimination again with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal set.

Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves for the Lightning, who will try to make team history in Game 7 on Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center. Tampa Bay has never come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.

It's Roloson's play that still has Lightning fans buzzing. His play has been game-changing, just ask fellow teammate Steven Stamkos:

"He had a penalty shot save and the rebound saves when it was 2-2," Stamkos said. "I mean I put it my head when he made those saves at 2-2, 'Here we go.' It changed all the momentum."

The Penguins are 1-for-30 on the power play in the series and defenseman Kris Letang thinks Pittsburgh needs to get back to basics:

"We can’t change everything, but it’s simple stuff. It’s pass, shoot, go to the net, crash the net, tip the puck, pursue the puck, go back and shoot it again. Right now, we’re just moving the puck, pretty much. We’re taking a wide shot, and most of the time it’s a bad-angle shot. We need to simplify things. The answer is in the dressing room. We’re five NHL players on the ice. We have to figure it out."

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh covering Pittsburgh and Raw Charge covering Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning Final Score: Fierce Tampa Bay Attack Leads To 4-2 Victory, Sends Series To Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins were unable to secure a series victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night following their 4-2 loss. The Lightning started out slowly, but found their groove by the end of the first period and led an intense effort over the final two periods.

Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and Tampa Bay's Teddy Purcell exchanged goals in the first period, while Sean Bergenheim put Tampa in the lead at the end of two periods. Exciting things were poised for the third period.

Just before the four-minute mark in the third period, Jordan Staal tied the game with his first goal of the 2011 playoffs. He received the puck from the wing and slipped it through some traffic on a wrister to tie the game at two. However, the Lightning came back a minute later and played a furious game in front of Marc-Andre Fleury's net. Steve Downie had a shot blocked, but he picked up the rebound and slipped it under Fleury for the 3-2 lead.

Shortly thereafter, Ryan Malone sent Mark Letestu into Fleury and got called for goalie interference. That led to scuffles among the players and sent Victor Hedman and Chris Kunitz to the box for roughing. But Malone struck back later with his first goal of the playoffs. Mattias Ohlund dumped the puck up ice, which Malone picked up and sent to the back of the net.

With the series tied at three, the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for the deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night.

For more on the game, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh covering Pittsburgh and Raw Charge covering Tampa Bay.

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Peguins Vs. Lightning Score: Sean Bergenheim Puts Tampa Bay In Lead After 2nd Period

The Tampa Bay Lightning are just one period away from taking the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Game 7 in the opening round of the playoffs. After a slow start to the game, the Lightning used their momentum from the end of the first period to take a 2-1 lead at the close of the second period.

Sean Bergenheim put the Lightning in the lead, but much of the credit needs to go to center Dominic Moore because of his no-look, behind-his-back pass. Bergenheim started the play behind the net and lost control of the puck, but a few seconds later it drifted back behind the net. With his back to the puck, Moore passed the puck in front of the red line, exactly where Bergenheim was able to snap off a wrister for the goal against Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Penguins had a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot after Pavel Kubina took Chris Conner down on the breakaway. However, Conner lost control of the puck on his charge to the net and wound up taking a wristshot from 21 feet out, saved by Roloson.

With 20 minutes left, can the Lightning hold on?

For more on the game, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh covering Pittsburgh and Raw Charge covering Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning Score: Tampa Bay Evens Score Late In 1st Period

The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a slow start to enter the first intermission of Game 6 tied at one with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They will need to keep up that late surge for the next two periods if they hope to stave off elimination and force a Game 7.

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead at 8:23 in the first period on a costly Dwayne Roloson error. The puck was dumped behind the Lightning's net so Roloson attempted to get it to the boards. However, Pittsburgh's Maxime Talbot intercepted the puck and passed it to an oncoming Pascal Dupuis, who shot a 19-foot wrister past Roloson for the lead.

The Lightning didn't have a shot on net until they had a 5-on-4 advantage following an Alexei Kovalev hooking penalty. Eric Brewer picked the first one up at 9:38 in the period. However, the Lightning started to apply pressure late in the period and scored the equalizer at 16:36. With the puck flying around the Penguins' net, defenseman Zbynek Michalek and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury fell flat to the ice, allowing Teddy Purcell to put the puck in the net.

For more on the game, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh covering Pittsburgh and Raw Charge covering Tampa Bay.

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Penguins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos Try To Keep Rolling; Bolts Try To Force Game 7

They say that once you get to a Game 7, anything can happen. And if you're like the Tampa Bay Lightning, down 3-2 in your NHL playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, you'd love to have that Game 7 on your home ice.

But if anything can happen in the final game, so if you're the team that needs to win in order to force that final game, wouldn't you see having Game 6 on home ice as the advantage?

The Bolts need a win on Monday night, and they hope that it'll be an edge for them. Of all the reasons for the home crowd to feel good about their team's prospects in Game 6 and the series, the emergence of Steven Stamkos and Simon Gagne in Tampa's huge 8-2 win in the do-or-die Game 5 rings the loudest.

Those guys had been quiet in the first four games, and as a result, the Penguins were able to shut the Tampa attack down rather easily. With those two firing, the Lightning are tough for any team to corral -- even the newly-defensive-minded Pens.

Of course, Marc-Andre Fleury and Dwayne Roloson are in the nets again for Game 6. For more on the game, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh covering Pittsburgh and Raw Charge covering Tampa Bay.

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