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Stats: Letang vs. Hedman, Game 4

Lightning defenseman has two assists in series-tying victory

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning held on to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Friday. The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 going into Game 5 at Consol Energy Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here is the in-game spotlight matchup from Game 4; this time, it's between the top two defensemen in the series, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman:

Goals: Letang 0; Hedman 0

Assists: Letang 0; Hedman 2

Points: Letang 0; Hedman 2

Key intangible stat: Hedman played a team-high 26:15 and was credited with two shots on goal, five total shot attempts and four hits. Although it's not a good stat for him, Letang, who played a game-high 31:38, had four penalty minutes on consecutive minors for roughing and cross checking at 11:38 of the second period. That gave Tampa Bay a four-minute man-advantage, leading to Jonathan Drouin's power-play goal at 14:38 that put the Lightning ahead 3-0. Letang also had two shots on goal and six total shot attempts.

Video: PIT@TBL, Gm4: Drouin pads the lead on the power play

Best moment: Hedman's pass to Drouin that helped set up the goal that made it 3-0 was particularly special, and obviously important considering the Penguins' comeback in the third period. It was a diagonal pass from the right point through the teeth of Pittsburgh's penalty kill right onto Drouin's tape at the bottom of the left circle. Drouin, who had curled around the net, caught the pass and tried to put the puck into the slot for Ondrej Palat. The puck hit Palat and came back to Drouin. Goalie Matt Murray was out of position at this point, and Drouin was easily able to hit a wide-open net. Hedman also disrupted the play at the far end to start the breakout that led to the goal.

Series stat line (goals-assists-points): Letang 0-1-1; Hedman 0-4-4

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