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Instant analysis: Lightning at Penguins, Game 5

Tampa Bay moves within one win of return trip to Stanley Cup Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH - The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Sunday.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Jason Garrison's left circle shot deflected in off Tyler Johnson in front for the winning goal 53 seconds into overtime.

After the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist, the Lightning answered with goals 1:10 apart by Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov in the second period. Chris Kunitz put the Penguins back ahead 3-2 with his rebound goal with 49.6 seconds remaining in the second period. Kucherov tied it again with 3:16 left in regulation.

Video: TBL@PIT, Gm5: Johnson gives Lightning the series lead

What we learned: The reunited "Triplets" line of Ondrej Palat, Johnson and Kucherov came through for the Lightning again to produce the tying goal.

The Penguins are dangerous and the Lightning are sloppy in the final minute of periods. The Penguins went ahead 1-0 on Dumoulin's goal with 0.7 seconds left in the first period and 3-2 on Kunitz's goal with 49.6 seconds remaining in the second. That came after Carl Hagelin's goal with 10 seconds left in the second period of Game 3 gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (21 saves) was shaky at times and slow to react in his first start since March 31. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (31 saves) had trouble with his rebound control at times and gave up at least three goals for the fourth game in a row.

Video: TBL@PIT, Gm5: Vasilevskiy robs Hornqvist, halts play

What this means for the Penguins: They couldn't hold leads of 2-0 and 3-2 and will face elimination in Game 6 on Tuesday. Will Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stick with Fleury or switch back to rookie Matt Murray with the season on the line?

What this means for the Lightning: They never led until the final goal, but were resilient again and moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row.

Key moment: Garrison let go a wrist shot from the left circle that deflected in off Johnson's backside in front for his second winner in as many games.

Unsung player of the game: Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov has responded from moving up from the fourth line to the second line the past two games. He set up Kucherov's goal with 5:35 remaining in the second period that tied the game 2-2.

What's next: Game 6 is Tuesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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