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Bergenheim steps into scoring role for Lightning

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Bergenheim steps into scoring role for Lightning
On a team loaded with offensive stars, third-line forward Sean Bergenheim has emerged as the top scorer with 7 goals, including a pair in Wednesday's series-winner against Washington.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Sean Bergenheim is making a quite a name for himself in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The speedy forward scored two more goals on Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 5-3 win at the St. Pete Times Forum.

With his pair of tallies, Bergenheim now leads the Lightning with 7 goals this postseason. He spoke with reporters after Wednesday's victory:

Q: How do you explain the success you're enjoying personally out there?
A:
Our line has been playing great. They're doing such a great job. I'm scoring some goals, but it's because of the work that they do and we do as a line. The first one, I had a few rebounds there and I just got it up. The second one was a great play by Dominic. He kept the shot low and it popped right out to me.

Q: Can you believe you lead the team in goals heading into the Eastern Conference Finals?
A:
That's secondary to everything. We're winning as a team. I think we just work hard. If we get goals, that's always good. It doesn't really matter who scores and gets the most goals. It's the wins that count. It feels good to help the team. That's always nice, but I think for our team the key is we have good depth and we get scoring for many lines. That's hard for an opponent. We have very good depth on our team and that's going to be a key going into next series, too.

Q: Is this the best your team has played all season?
A:
I think we've had stretches where we've played very, very good, but I think if you put it together in the playoffs like this, it's very important. I think we learned from the first series a lot. Right now, we're playing very well, but there's no limit to how good we can play. We're not saying we're on the top of our game yet.

Q: Your line again created a lot of turnovers tonight. Was that a big part of the game plan?
A:
I think that's a big key in our game -- to play defense very tight and then when we've got a chance, we go. That's a huge thing in our game.

Q: Are you surprised by this sweep?
A:
I'm surprised. We were (expecting) a longer series.

Q: You guys have played a lot of hockey as of late. Are you happy about having some time off?
A:
We have two days, so we can probably feel good for one day or so. We've got to start focusing on the next series. We're not where we want to be. It's still a long way to go.

Q: Do you have a preference as to which team -- Philadelphia or Boston -- you'd rather play in the next round?
A:
No. Whoever comes against us, we've got to beat them. I don't really care. It's going to be a tough one because there's definitely two good teams. We'll see.

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