Although Tampa Bay won Game 5 to cut Pittsburgh's series lead to 3-2, the Penguins have a chance to clinch their opening-round series against the Lightning on the road tonight at St. Pete Times Forum. Historically, the Penguins have fared well on the road and in second-chance opportunities during the playoffs.
Here's a look at some of the numbers for tonight's game and the series as a whole:
The Penguins’ record on the road in their past six chances to close out a series.
The Penguins’ record in their past seven second chances to close out a series.
The Penguins’ record in their past nine road playoff games, including a perfect 2-0 mark in this series.Marc-Andre Fleury
’s record in the next game after being pulled from a contest during the postseason.
Fleury's save percentage (stopping 91 of 95 shots) in those three games. He's also earned a 1.33 goals-against average in those three contests.
Tampa Bay’s all-time record in series where they trailed 3-1. Both times they trailed by such a deficit (2003 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. New Jersey; 2006 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. Ottawa), they lost in five games.
The Penguins’ all-time record in series where they gain a 3-1 edge.
The number of shots Tyler Kennedy
fired in Game 5, marking a new career-high for the fourth-year forward. He represented 24 percent of Pittsburgh’s total shots that night (33).
Career postseason points for Alex Kovalev following his assist in Game 5 vs. Tampa Bay. Kovalev became the 78th player in NHL history to reach 100 points, notched through 121 career postseason games.
Career postseason points by defenseman Kris Letang
. He is now tied with Paul Coffey for third place on the team’s all-time postseason points list by a defenseman.
Head coach Dan Bylsma’s postseason winning percentage, the second-best among coaches still alive in this spring’s postseason. Bylsma is 26-16 overall and is the winningest coach in Penguins playoff history. A win tonight would lift Bylsma from a tie with Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman for most series victories in franchise history – currently, the two coaches are tied with 5-1 postseason series records.
The overall goals advantage held by the Lightning. Two other times in team history the Penguins have been able to win a series despite being outscored: the 1992 Patrick Division semifinals vs. Washington; outscored 25-27; won series 4-3; and the 2009 Stanley Cup Final vs. Detroit; outscored 14-17; won series 4-3.