Penguins beat Lightning to force Game 7

Tue May 24, 2016 11:16pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Penguins stayed alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, setting up a series decider back in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh goaltender Matthew Murray took a shutout into the third period, then held on as Tampa Bay pulled within a goal, with more shots in the third period than in the first two combined.

Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust got a breakaway goal with 2:08 left and Nick Bonino added an empty-netter with 53 seconds left to pull away.

The Penguins will be back on home ice for Game 7 on Thursday -- where Tampa Bay have won two of three games in this series -- with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Lightning trailed 3-0 in the third period when they got a spark from Brian Boyle, who scored twice to pull Tampa Bay within a goal with 7:17 to play. After 11 shots in the first two periods, Tampa Bay had 18 in the third alone.

Boyle's first goal went in off Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel, who had tried to redirect it but put it in the net off a wide shot with 14:30 left.

That was Boyle's fourth goal of the postseason, and he scored again, taking a pass from defenseman Slater Koekkoek and firing a shot to the top left corner of the net and past Murray.

Pittsburgh continued to stun the Lightning with late-period goals, scoring twice in the final 90 seconds of periods to take a 3-0 lead into the third period.

Sidney Crosby made it a 3-0 game, scoring with just 25 seconds left in the second as he weaved past two Lightning players and then shot the puck through the legs of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his sixth goal of the postseason.   Continued...

May 24, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports