PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 05: Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shoots and scores past Dwayne Roloson #35 of the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 5 2011 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: Tampa Bay Upsets Pittsburgh With 1-0 Win

The Tampa Bay Lightning have staved off elimination in back-to-back games, and they can finally do some eliminating of their own in Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

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Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: Penguins Go Home Early For A Change

Dwayne Roloson was brilliant in a 36-save shutout, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 victory over the Penguins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in team history. They also won their first playoff set since their run to the Stanley Cup title in 2004.

Tampa Bay advanced to face the Washington Capitals in an East semifinal series.

For the first time since 2007, the Penguins head home early in the first round of the playoffs. Pens fans are disappointed but still see a lot of good for the future of their squad:

All in all...there is no reason to be disappointed in this Penguins team.  From GM Ray Shero and his moves at the trade deadline, to the heart shown by younger guys like Chris Conner, Eric Tangradi and Mark Letestu, this was a memorable season despite the overall outcome.  Guys we may not have seen had their shot, padded their resumes and will make a case to crack the full-time roster next season.

For more on this playoff series, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh on the Pens and Raw Charge on the Bolts.

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Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: Tampa Bay Upsets The Penguins With 1-0 Win

The Tampa Bay Lightning did what three other teams in the Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs, knock off the lower seed in their series. The Lightning capped off a three games to one deficit with a 1-0 Game 7 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. 

Sean Bergenheim scored the lone goal for the Lightning in the second period which was created by a nice pass by Dominic Moore. Moore created the chance by outskating a Penguins defender and taking the puck behind the net. He fluttered a backhand pass to Bergenheim which caught Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury out of position and Bergenheim put it in the open net. 

The Penguins outshot the Lightning 36-23 in the game including a 14-5 third period. Goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been the hero for the Lightning in the last three games as he kept the Lightning in this game from the beginning. 

The Lightning will now face the Washington Capitals in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. For more information on this game, please visit our Penguins site, Pensburgh, and our Lightning site, Raw Charge. For more on this series, check out our series page

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Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: Sean Bergenheim Gives Tampa Bay 1-0 Lead After Second

In a pivotal Game 7, taking a one goal lead on the road is a good omen for moving on. That is what the Tampa Bay Lightning have done with a Sean Bergenheim goal early in the second period. 

Bergenheim received a beautiful backhand pass from behind the net from Dominic Moore which put goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury well out of position to give Bergenheim the relatively open net. The other assist on the goal came from Steve Downie. 

The Penguins have been outshooting the Lighning in the game 22-18 while the Lightning outshot the Penguins 11-7 in the second period to close that gap. Tampa goaltender Dwayne Roloson has pitched the 22 save shutout while Fleury has the lone goal allowed on the 18 shots. The Penguins will have to dig out of this hole to tie the game and try and advance onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals against either the Philadelphia Flyers or the Washington Capitals. 

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Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: Pittsburgh Improved, But Not Winning After Scoreless First Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins have played better hockey so far tonight than they have in the previous two games in this series, but they have yet to translate that superiority into a goal. It's tied up at 0-0 after one period, and the Pens will likely regret not scoring on the Tampa Bay Lightning when they had numerous chances. At the same time, the Lightning have to be relatively optimistic right now, despite their poor first half play. The fact that they were completely outplayed but are tied is, in a way, encouraging.

The Penguins have double the shots of their opponents and they're losing the faceoff battle by a mile, but they've been gifted a shutout so far. Pittsburgh have been denied a couple of clear penalties, most notably a missed bording call when Mathias Ohland checked Maxim Talbot face first into the boards, but it might not be relevant. Pittsburgh have had two power plays, and they have done absolutely nothing with both.

For more on this Game 7, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh on the Pens and Raw Charge on the Bolts. 

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Lightning Vs. Penguins, Game 7: High-Powered Bolts Can Cap Big Comeback In Pittsburgh

After their overtime loss in Game 4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, it looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning were dead in the water. They couldn't score like they did in the regular season and Dwayne Roloson was good, but just not great enough to steal things for them. 

But then, suddenly in Game 5, the Lightning turned up the heat. Steven Stamkos and Simon Gagne each scored multiple goals, their first bits of offensive impact in the series, and Tampa cruised to a giant 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh at CONSOL Energy Center. 

And then in Game 6, with their backs against the wall once more, the Bolts continued the trend of quiet scorers getting on the board, as Steve Downie and Ryan Malone each scored a goal apiece. Guy Boucher said after Game 6 that there's no extra pressure heading into Game 7 because the team has already played in two pivotal elimination games.

If you're the Penguins, you have to be worried about the Lightning attack. When all of their scorers are going, it's hard to corral them, and since you can't match them offensively with your big guns still out of the lineup, the counter-attack is difficult. It's going to take a lot of desperation for the Pens to match what the Lightning have brought in the last two games.

For more on this Game 7, check in with our blogs: Pensburgh on the Pens and Raw Charge on the Bolts. 

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