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Eastern Conference Final, Gm 1: TBL at PIT

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Penguins pay price for sloppy play in Game 1

Tampa Bay stifles Pittsburgh's transition game, takes advantage of errors to win opener

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins repeatedly burned opponents with their speed in the transition game.

They found out Friday what it feels like to be on the receiving end, getting beaten at their own game in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center.

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Vasilevskiy justifies Lightning's confidence

Backup goalie steps in when Bishop gets hurt, makes 25 saves in Game 1 victory

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy woke up Friday morning as a backup, someone who was only supposed to see playing time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs should the No. 1 goalie, Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop, have an off night.

But less than 13 minutes into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center, Bishop was laying on the ice in agony, clutching his left knee after falling awkwardly while trying to get back to his crease.

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Penguins blame mistakes, not rookie goalie, for loss

Murray allows three goals, all on Grade A chances, to Lightning in Game 1

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray seemed to take a step back Friday, but that might not have been his fault.

Murray allowed three goals on 20 shots in Pittsburgh's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center. After allowing fewer than three goals in five of his first seven Stanley Cup Playoffs starts, Murray has surrendered three goals in three consecutive starts, two of them losses.

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Loss of Bishop just another hurdle for Lightning

Starting goalie exits in first period with lower-body injury, but Tampa Bay wins Game 1

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The concern must have been astronomical on the Tampa Bay Lightning bench when starting goalie Ben Bishop left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Friday on a stretcher with an apparent lower-body injury.

With 7:35 remaining in the first period, Bishop crumbled to the ice in agony after scrambling to get back into position and appeared to be clutching his left knee. It was the latest name added to a long list of injuries to key players on a team that somehow manages to continue to push forward.

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Letang OK after leaving briefly following big hit

Penguins have no word on Dumoulin's status after Game 1 loss to Lightning

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Letang was fortunate. Brian Dumoulin might not have been.

Letang apparently escaped without injury from the first-period hit he took from Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan. The Pittsburgh Penguins were still awaiting word on Dumoulin, who was injured on a hit into the boards by Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat with 4:46 left in the Lightning's 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center.

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Stats: Hedman vs. Crosby, Game 1

Lightning defenseman leads in ice time; Penguins center passes Jagr with 83rd playoff assist

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Friday.

Game 2 of this best-of-7 series is in Pittsburgh on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Instant analysis: Lightning at Penguins, Game 1

Vasilevskiy steps in after Bishop hurt; Penguins pay price for sloppiness

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Friday. The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin scored goals to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead at 18:25 of the second period. The Penguins got one goal back when Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play with 54.6 seconds remaining in the second to give his team life heading into the third.

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Lightning defeat Penguins in Game 1, lose Bishop

Tampa Bay goalie taken off on stretcher in first period

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves after replacing injured starter Ben Bishop to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Friday.

Bishop, who made nine saves, left on a stretcher with 7:35 remaining in the first period after his stick became tangled with Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who was attempting to drive behind the net. Bishop tried to follow the puck by twisting back to his left and appeared to injure his leg.

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Vasilevskiy takes over for Lightning

Replaces injured Bishop in Game 1 against Penguins; won game in Stanley Cup Final last season

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Andrei Vasilevskiy was thrust into the spotlight Friday when Tampa Bay Lightning starting goalie Ben Bishop was injured in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vasilevskiy, 21, entered the game at 12:25 of the first period after Bishop injured his left leg.

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Lightning lose goaltender Bishop with injury

Vezina Trophy finalist leaves in first period of Game 1

by Brian Compton and Tom Gulitti / NHL.com

Bishop leaves with injury

TBL@PIT, Gm1: Bishop exits with injury in the 1st

ECF, Gm1: Ben Bishop scrambles to get back into position, but apparently injures his leg on the play, forcing him to leave the game in the 1st

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PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was taken off the ice on a stretcher with an apparent lower-body injury in the first period of Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Lightning center Tyler Johnson left late in the first period with a right leg injury, but returned midway through the second period.

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