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5 Reasons: Why Lightning were eliminated

Bishop's injury, Pittsburgh's speed led to Tampa Bay's loss

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning's quest to make a second consecutive Stanley Cup Final ended Thursday with a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Here are 5 reasons the Lightning were eliminated:

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'ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup' continues

Second episode of Showtime series chronicles end of conference final series

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Showtime Sports on Friday aired the second episode of "ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup," which chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Final series and the Stanley Cup Final. It's the first show to nationally televise the championship of one of the four major North American sports as it unfolds. It is narrated by 2016 Tony Award nominee Bill Camp.

The second episode begins with the Tampa Bay Lightning and captain Steven Stamkos practicing for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Stamkos had surgery to treat a blood clot in April and had not played since March 31.

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Infographic: Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 3 recap

Facts & figures you can take to the water cooler

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5 Reasons: Why the Penguins advanced

Clutch Crosby, Rust's emergence helped Penguins reach Stanley Cup Final

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- After seven years, the Pittsburgh Penguins are returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

With a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Thursday, Pittsburgh earned a chance to win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time.

But in a series when the Lightning were without goalie Ben Bishop and captain Steven Stamkos for most of it, some doubt surrounded the Penguins. But that feeling did not seem to creep into the locker room.

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Lightning fall short after battling through adversity

Tampa Bay unable to make second straight Stanley Cup Final with slew of injuries

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- In the aftermath of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, Lightning forward Brian Boyle was asked what the team had learned about themselves during this playoff run.

"I don't think anything we didn't already know," Boyle said.

The Lightning had overcome so much to get to this point, but came up a win short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

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Penguins adjusted, became sum of their parts

Moving on to Stanley Cup Final against Sharks thanks to in-season changes to personnel, style

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby's stall in the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room, located at the top of a three-quarters oval, is situated in such a way so he can see everything and everyone. It's the perfect position for the captain of a team, the leader of a room, the face of a franchise.

Crosby sat there late Thursday, after the Penguins finished off the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to book a date with the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final. He sat there looking near and far and side to side at the commotion going on around him, at the media members moving back and forth, wave after wave of them going up to his teammates for sound bites and quotes and information about how they got it done.

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Stamkos returns for Game 7 loss to Penguins

Lightning captain scoreless vs. Penguins in first game since March 31; can become free agent July 1

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The emotions were still too raw for Steven Stamkos to ponder what comes next for him.

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain had worked so hard and endured so much to get back in time to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, and there was a lot for him to digest after the season-ending 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. A question about whether he had considered that this might have been his final game as a member of the Lightning produced a curt reply.

"No," Stamkos said.

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Penguins' Rust fulfills childhood dream in Game 7 win

Rookie forward helps Pittsburgh advance to Cup Final by scoring two goals

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Bryan Rust had the night of his life Thursday.

Rust scored twice in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center. He could have scored more, but two goals was enough to help the Penguins win 2-1 and advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2009.

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Crosby bucks conventional wisdom with trophy touch

Penguins captain had better luck in past doing it his way

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Pens get Prince of Wales Trophy

TBL@PIT, Gm7: Penguins receive Prince of Wales Trophy

ECF, Gm7: After winning the Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 victory in Game 7, the Penguins celebrate with the Prince of Wales Trophy

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It seems Sidney Crosby doesn't believe in superstition. Or does he?

The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center on Thursday. They will face the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 in Pittsburgh on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Stats: Stamkos vs. Crosby, Game 7

Lightning captain returns, but Penguins win to advance to Stanley Cup Final

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Thursday.

The Penguins will play the San Jose Sharks in the Cup Final, which begins Monday in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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