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Bolts aim to force a Game 7

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Bolts aim to force a Game 7
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
PENGUINS at LIGHTNING
 
(Pittsburgh leads best-of-seven series, 3-2)

 
TV: CBC (HD), RDS (HD), ROOT (HD), SUN (HD)
 
Big story: After dropping a pair of one-goal losses on home ice, the Lightning erupted on the road on Saturday to pull within one game in this best-of-7 series that resumes Monday in Tampa. Simon Gagne, Pavel Kubina and Steven Stamkos each had two goals for the Lightning in an 8-2 victory in Game 5. The eight-goal output marked the most-ever in a single playoff game in franchise history. Goalie Dwayne Roloson shook off the bad-angle goal allowed in overtime in Game 4 to finish with 31 saves. The Lightning, who chased Pittsburgh starter Marc-Andre Fleury 5:31 into the second after scoring four goals on 14 shots, have now won two of three on the road in the first-round. In order to even this series, the club will have to win at on home ice at St. Pete Times Forum.
 
Team Scope:
 
Lightning: Finally … the Lightning received some secondary scoring on Saturday. Most importantly, Steven Stamkos recorded his first two-goal game in three months. Stamkos' connected for the first two goals of his playoff career on Saturday after notching just one assist in the opening four games of the series. He also dished an assist in the victory.
 
"That one felt good to get the monkey off my back," Stamkos said. "I wanted to be a guy the team could count on, especially in a big game like this."
 
"This kid has figured out what the playoffs are all about," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said of Stamkos. "I knew at some point he would because he's got character. I was just hoping it was this year."
 
Penguins: After thwarting all four power-play attempts by the Tampa Bay Lightning and yielding just 3 shots in the process in Game 4 on Wednesday, the Penguins took a major step backwards after allowing four power-play goals and seven shots on seven chances in Saturday's Game 5 setback. The Penguins failed to help their cause when they were held without a goal on six power-play chances of their own -- and are now 1-for-24 in the series.
 
"There are certain things about their power play that's dangerous and we have not done a good job in enough areas to keep them away from the dangerous aspects of what they do," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Give them credit. They've been good on their entries and the way they recover pucks and set up their power-play. They were dangerous (on Saturday) and that's been a big part of this series. A lot of their skilled players and good players have gotten some momentum (from the power-play) in this series and, going into Game 6, it will be again."
 
Who's hot: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis has 4 goals, 8 points in five games against the Penguins. … Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy ranks second on the team with 2 postseason goals and leads the team with 24 shots.
 
Injury report: Tampa Bay defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron made his playoff debut on Saturday after missing the previous four games with an upper-body injury. He had an assist and 3 hits in 15:02 of ice time. … Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has been doing light skating sessions the past few days in Pittsburgh and is now in the process of a 4-6 month rehabilitation period. Captain Sidney Crosby, meanwhile, continues to skate with the team during practice sessions but there is no timetable on his return. 
 
Stat pack: While the Penguins couldn't close out the series at home on Saturday, it's interesting to note that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is 5-1 in playoff series -- with all five series-clinching wins coming on the road.
 
Puck drop: "I think me and the rest of the NHL coaches in the playoffs right now are all scratching their heads trying to figure out what's going on with the home teams," -- Lightning coach Guy Boucher following his team's victory in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 27 '11 TBL 1 at PIT 0 S. Bergenheim
Apr 25 '11 PIT 2 at TBL 4 S. Downie
Apr 23 '11 TBL 8 at PIT 2 V. Lecavalier
Apr 20 '11 PIT 3 at TBL 2 - OT J. Neal
Apr 18 '11 PIT 3 at TBL 2 T. Kennedy
Apr 15 '11 TBL 5 at PIT 1 V. Lecavalier
Apr 13 '11 TBL 0 at PIT 3 A. Kovalev
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Asham6314+3200
M. Talbot6134+11400
K. Letang6044+0800
T. Kennedy6213+0211
J. Staal6123-2200
B. Orpik6033-11200
M. Rupp6112+4400
J. Neal6112-1401
A. Kovalev6112-31001
P. Martin6022+1200
B. Lovejoy6022+0400
C. Adams6101+3200
C. Conner6101+1000
P. Dupuis6101-1200
C. Kunitz5101-1600
Z. Michalek6011+1000
M. Niskanen6011-2000
M. Letestu6011-3000
E. Tangradi1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Fleury63-3161452.77.890
B. Johnson10-04117.06.636
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. St. Louis6448-3230
S. Gagne6257+2000
V. Lecavalier6246+1812
S. Downie5156+41601
T. Purcell6145+0000
E. Brewer6145-1000
S. Stamkos6224-1210
P. Kubina6213+1820
S. Bergenheim6213-1600
D. Moore6123-11410
M. Ohlund6112+2400
N. Thompson6112+1000
R. Malone6112+01200
M. Lundin6011+0200
A. Hall6011-2000
V. Hedman6011-4400
M. Bergeron2011+0000
B. Clark6000+2000
D. Tyrell4000-3200
M. Ritola1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Roloson63-3132202.05.941