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Sean Bergenheim, left, of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots and scores past Marc-Andre Fleury (29) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The Lightning defeated the Penguins 1-0. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

It's a slick little play.

A pretty effective one, too.

Doesn't have a name yet, though.

Well, it might have one in Pittsburgh by now, but odds are that if so, it's one that couldn't be repeated here.
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Fleury the focus as Game 7 draws near

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has already played in a number of big playoff games for Pittsburgh, and he'll add another to the list on Wednesday night. (Eliot J. Schechter/Associated Press)

Both coaches expect goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to be on his game in the series finale Wednesday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Pens haunted by past Game 7s?

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
A Penguins fan sits in the stands after the Pittsburgh Penguins played what was the final game in the Mellon Arena after losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal on May 12, 2010 to Montreal. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh won't have to reach back very far for a Game 7 experience to draw on as it prepared to meet meets Tampa Bay Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center in the final game of their first-round playoff series.

The question is whether the Penguins will really want to.
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Just another Game 7 for Bolts

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning players, from left, Pavel Kubina, Nate Thompson, Ryan Malone, and Adam Hall celebrate Malone's goal during the third period in Game 6 on Monday in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh, 4-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum Monday night to send their first-round playoff series to a seventh game.

Actually, another in a series of them, the way Lightning coach Guy Boucher looks at it.
"We just played two Game 7s because that is the position we are in," he said. "That fifth game was a do-or-die for us and that sixth game was a do-or-die. The seventh game for us is a do-or-die."
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Fast start vital for Pens, Lightning

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning star Steven Stamkos (91) knows his team will need a fast start in order to stave off elimination Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
Any number of variables could determine the outcome of Game 6 between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh Monday night (CBC,, 7 p.m., ET) at the St. Pete Times Forum. Read more »

Pens, Bolts put Game 5 behind them

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vincent Lecavalier (4) had a goal and an assist as his Tampa Bay Lightning buried the  Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh have reached the point in their playoff series where they don't agree on much.

Skirmishes after whistles are becoming more frequent and intense, and while there didn't seem to be a lot of animosity between the players 10 days or so ago, there certainly is now.

But there is at least one thing on which the teams appear to concur: The Lightning's 8-2 victory in Pittsburgh in Game 5 isn't likely to have any more of an impact on Game 6 Monday night at the St. Pete Times Forum than a 4-2 or 5-3 decision would have.
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Lightning not about to revel in rout

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Veteran playoff performer Simon Gagne had a strong game for Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, but the Lightning aren't getting carried away despite a lopsided win in Pittsburgh. (Gene Puskar/Associated Press)

While players on both sides pointed out that winning, not the margin of victory, is all that matters, it will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh responds to the severe beating they suffered in Game 5 against Tampa Bay on Saturday.


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Lightning prepare for comeback attempt

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay forward Simon Gagne, right, has been part of a 3-1 comeback before. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Maybe it wouldn't mean as much coming from another guy, but when Tampa Bay winger Simon Gagne talks about how the Lightning can overcome its 3-1 deficit in a first-round series against Pittsburgh, you have to listen.


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Penalty killing keys Pens' success

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Defenceman Zbynek Michalek, bottom, is one of the leaders of Pittsburgh's ace penalty-killing unit. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh won Game 4 of its first-round playoff series against Tampa when James Neal scored early in the second overtime Wednesday.

But a case could be made that the Penguins won the game - or at least put themselves in position to do so - when they killed a series of Tampa Bay power plays when the outcome was still very much in doubt.
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Neal shines at right time for Pens

Categories: PIT vs. TAM, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) celebrates with teammate defenceman Matt Niskanen (2) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during double-overtime in Game 4. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

Maybe James Neal wasn't slumping at all.

Perhaps he just has a well-developed sense of the dramatic.

Whatever the case, Neal - who had scored just once since being acquired from Dallas shortly before the NHL trade deadline - got goal No. 2 at a most opportune moment, beating Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson from along the right-wing boards at 3:38 of double-overtime at the St. Pete Times Forum Wednesday night.
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