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Crosby's top-shelf snipe

PIT@TBL, Gm3: Crosby tallies PPG on Malkin's feed

ECF, Gm3: Sidney Crosby drills the feed from Evgeni Malkin into the top of the net, restoring the Penguins' lead to two on the power play

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THIRD-PERIOD OUTBURST LIFTS PENGUINS TO GAME 3 VICTORY

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three times in the third period, including the winning goal from Sidney Crosby, to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

* Crosby, who scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goal in Game 2, had the winning goal for the second straight game for the first time in his 114 postseason games. He established an NHL career high with nine game-winning goals during the regular season.

* Crosby became the first Penguins player with consecutive game-winning goals in the playoffs since the 2009 Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, when Evgeni Malkin also did so in Games 2 and 3, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

* "The HBK Line" of Carl Hagelin (1-1-2), Nick Bonino (0-1-1) and Phil Kessel (1-1-2) combined for 2-3-5 in Game 3. They have totaled 14-25-39 in 14 playoff games (Hagelin: 5-6-11, Bonino: 2-10-12, Kessel: 7-9-16).

* Kessel now has 20-17-37 in 36 career playoff games (1.03 points per game). Two other active players, with a minimum of 20 games, have averaged more than one point per game during their postseason careers: teammates Crosby (1.15) and Malkin (1.06).

WEDNESDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 4, TAMPA BAY 2 - PIT leads 2-1

DID YOU KNOW?

Via Elias, when teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 200-97 (67.3 percent).

ALL ACCESS: QUEST FOR THE STANLEY CUP

Take an exclusive look inside the Penguins locker room as captain Sidney Crosby receives the team's "Warrior Helmet" after scoring in overtime of Game 2 in the Eastern Conference Final. "ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup," a real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series, premieres May 20, at 9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME.

NHL ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The NHL announced that Brian MacLellan of the Washington Capitals, Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars and Jim Rutherford of the Penguins are the finalists for the 2015-16 NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives and print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Click here for more information on each finalist.

Video: GM of the Year finalists announced

LOOSE PUCKS

Forward Tyler Johnson scored his 19th career playoff goal, all with the Lightning, to move past Brad Richards (18) and into sole possession of fourth place in franchise history. … Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 44 saves, one shy of his NHL career high (Dec. 20, 2014 at NYI: 45 SV), and the most by a Lightning goaltender in a regulation playoff game. … Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (26 SV) has won 18 of his first 25 NHL games, regular season and playoffs. … ICYMI: Sharks forward Joe Thornton danced with fans at Scottrade Center during his team's Game 2 victory. … MLS star Kaka, who plays for Orlando City SC, served as the Bolts Social Captain while attending Game 3 in Tampa Bay.

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