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Pens score power-play goal; grab 1-0 lead

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 7:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog

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Pens score power-play goal; grab 1-0 lead
Let the pigeons loose! The power-play drought for the Pittsburgh Penguins in these Stanley Cup Playoffs is history. As a result, the Penguins have taken a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

After killing a Tampa Bay power-play in the early stages of the opening 20 minutes, the Penguins received their 16th opportunity with the man advantage at the 7:19 mark when Vincent Lecavalier was whistled for holding.

With 1:05 remaining on the advantage, Penguins' center Mark Letestu won an offensive-zone draw away from Nate Thompson back to point man Zbynek Michalek. Michalek dished to Tyler Kennedy in the left circle. Kennedy skated in before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson short side at 8:14. It was Pittsburgh's second shot on the power-play.

The visitors almost got burned on their second power-play attempt of the period with Sean Bergenheim off the ice high sticking at 16:49. Just as Bergenheim had finished serving his penalty, he sprung out of the box and collected an outlet from Dana Tyrell in stride. With Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen tugging from behind, Bergenheim still managed to get an attempt on Marc-Andre Fleury, who did the splits. The rebound was gobbled up by Lecavalier, but the Lightning captain couldn't generate a quality chance.

The Penguins, as they did in the early stages of their Game 3 victory on Monday, dictated much of the play, outshooting the Lightning, 12-6.

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