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Round 1, Gm 5: Red Wings at Lightning

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Five reasons the Lightning advanced

Johnson line, penalty kill, goaltending among reasons Tampa Bay moved on to second round

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Lightning advance with Game 5 win

DET@TBL, Gm5: Lightning move on to second round

R1, Gm5: The teams shake hands after the Lightning clinch a 4-1 series win in Game 5, which could be Pavel Datsyuk's last game as a Red Wing

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The Tampa Bay Lightning began the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs the same way they began the 2015 postseason, by eliminating the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Lightning beat the Red Wings 1-0 in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Thursday to win the best-of-7 series in five games.

Although the Lightning became the first team to advance to the second round, the games were tight, with Tampa Bay winning three one-goal games.

Here are five reasons the Lightning advanced to the second round:

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Datsyuk not in hurry to decide his future

Red Wings star says there's no timeline on decision to return to Russia

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- Pavel Datsyuk couldn't believe it was over.

He wiped his face with a towel and walked into the dressing room, already cleaned out except for a horde of reporters. He stood in the middle in a Detroit Red Wings warmup jacket and shorts, backed up as the TV cameras rushed toward him, then stopped and took a long, deep breath.

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Lightning defeat Red Wings, advance to second round

Bishop makes 34 saves for shutout; Killorn scores winner with 1:43 left

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn scored with 1:43 remaining in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday and send them on to the second round.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 34 saves for his fourth career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Five keys for Red Wings vs. Lightning, Game 5

Detroit must solve Tampa Bay's Bishop in what could be Datsyuk's final NHL game

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA - The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, SUN, FS-D). The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

Here are five keys for Game 5:

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Bure: Datsyuk's Detroit legacy will last

Hall of Fame member says 'nice fairy tale' could be ending for Red Wings

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Pavel Datsyuk could be appearing in his final NHL game with the Detroit Red Wings against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SUN, FS-D, TVA Sports 2).

The Red Wings trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will be eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a loss. Datsyuk has floated the idea of returning to his native Russia after the season. If that happens, it will be the end of an era in Detroit, NHL Hall of Fame member Pavel Bure writes in his latest blog for NHL.com/ru, the League's Russian language website.

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NHL Live Wire: Red Wings vs. Lightning, Game 4

Sights, sounds from Eastern Conference First Round series

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NHL LiveWire: Bolts blast Wings

Hedman, Bolts celebrate game 4 victory

Victor Hedman and Jonathan Ericsson are mic'd up as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings face off in a pivotal game 4 showdown

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NHL Live Wire put microphones on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday to capture the sounds of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series.

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Drouin, Lightning have Red Wings on brink

Unlikely star can help Tampa Bay clinch series against Detroit in Game 5

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings' remarkable 25-year Stanley Cup Playoff streak will survive this, no matter the outcome Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But it's possible the entirety of the Detroit Red Wings' 2015-16 season came down to the need to win the third period in Game 4 Tuesday. And they did not.

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Lightning penalty kill has been series-changer

Tampa Bay has allowed one power-play goal in 21 chances to Detroit in four games

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Coach Jon Cooper says the penalty kill has been a major part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's success in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Lightning have spent a lot of time in the penalty box in the first four games but have held the Red Wings to 1-for-21 on the power play. Tampa Bay has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SUN, FS-D, TVA Sports 2).

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Red Wings aim to avoid elimination in Game 5

Lightning can close out series with victory on home ice

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 5: RED WINGS at LIGHTNING

Eastern Conference First Round

Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series 3-1

TV: 7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SUN, FS-D, TVA Sports 2

TAMPA -- The Detroit Red Wings will be in full desperation mode when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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Red Wings aren't ready for season to end

Detroit must find offense to avoid ouster by Tampa Bay in Game 5

by Paul Harris / NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT - Not even two weeks ago, the Detroit Red Wings were celebrating their 25th straight Stanley Cup Playoff berth. Their latest postseason run may not last past Thursday.

That's when the Red Wings will face elimination in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN).

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