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Bolts stun Penguins in OT, head home with chance to take Eastern Conference Final

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Just 53 seconds into overtime, Jason Garrison‘s point shot deflected off Tyler Johnson and by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

(You’ll recall that prior to Game 4, Johnson was hit in the face with a puck during warm-up, though he was positioned right in front of the Penguins net for the winner in Game 5.)

The Bolts are now one victory away from getting back to the Stanley Cup Final for a second consecutive year.

The Penguins, who had a two-goal advantage in the second period, were just 3:16 away from taking the series lead, but couldn’t hold on in the final period. Nikita Kucherov scored his second of the game and league-leading 11th of the post-season to tie the game for Tampa Bay.

The goal occurred after Fleury directed a Johnson backhand shot toward the corner, only to have it end up right on Kucherov’s stick, as he buried the wrap-around for the equalizer.

In his first start of the post-season — and replacing 21-year-old rookie Matt Murray, who had been solid for Pittsburgh since he was called upon in the opening round — Fleury allowed four goals on 25 shots.

Alex Killorn started the comeback for the Bolts, beating Fleury over his right shoulder, short-side on a perfect wrist shot in the second period.

The Bolts can wrap up the series on home ice in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Video: Killorn roofs this beauty wrist shot to get Bolts on the board

Down two goals in Game 5 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning got on the board courtesy this beautiful Alex Killorn goal, his fifth of the playoffs.

That’s quite a wrist shot from Killorn, who fired the puck over the right shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury and under the cross bar. That puck was in and out of the net in a hurry, too.

The Bolts tied the game on goals from Killorn and Nikita Kucherov just 1:10 apart.

However, before the second period concluded, the Penguins took back the lead on a goal from Chris Kunitz with 50 seconds remaining. Not quite a buzzer beater like Brian Dumoulin‘s goal in the opening period, but still, Pittsburgh gained back the advantage heading into the third.

Video: Dumoulin’s buzzer beater gives Penguins the lead in Game 5

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin‘s first career Stanley Cup playoff goal gave his team the lead late in the first period of Sunday’s Game 5 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Joining the rush in the dying seconds, Dumoulin buried a rebound on Bolts’ goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy with 1.6 seconds left.

The goal was the result of a determined rush by Bryan Rust, who was able to power his way by Victor Hedman and drive the Tampa Bay net. His attempt was denied, but Dumoulin was there to cash-in on the second opportunity.

The Penguins took a two-goal lead just 1:30 into the second period on a goal from Patric Hornqvist.

 

Has the Sharks-Blues series created a DeBoer vs. Hitchcock rivalry?

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The Western Conference Final between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues has produced some verbal sparring between the coaches Pete DeBoer and Ken Hitchcock.

Throughout this series, tied two games apiece, there have been some interesting comments made from both bench bosses directed at the other.

Example No. 1:

“What we’re relying on is the officials to do their job,” said DeBoer following Game 1. “St. Louis is one of the most penalized teams in the league, regular season and playoffs. (Referees) need to call the game accordingly and we need to make them pay a price for being one of the most penalized teams in the league.”

Hitchcock responded: “We were told not to whine for calls, so we’re not going to whine for calls. If Pete wants to do it, that’s up to him, but we’re not doing it.”

Example No. 2:

Following the Blues’ win in Game 4 on Saturday, Hitchcock spoke about his decision to go with Jake Allen over Brian Elliott in goal, a move that paid off because Allen stopped 31 shots and St. Louis scored six goals for the victory.

“We needed somebody to really help us play better defense. We played with more passion in front of him in our own zone because I made the goalie change,” Hitchcock told reporters.

Asked about any possible adjustments the Blues may have made to their forecheck, DeBoer’s response essentially concluded his media availability.

“I’m sure Hitch will tell you he made all kinds of great adjustments, and every one of them worked tonight. Hats off to him.”

Example No. 3:

DeBoer was, on Sunday, asked a handful of questions about Hitchcock and their experience together coaching for Canada at the 2011 world hockey championship.

DeBoer didn’t get into specifics but did say it was a “great learning experience” working alongside Hitchcock in that tournament. But when asked if the two had any relationship today, the Sharks coach was quick with his answer.

“Who has a relationship in the Stanley Cup semifinals?”

Oh. It’s so on, obviously…

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Penguins – Game 5

TAMPA, FL - MAY 20: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets the stick up on Brian Boyle #11 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 20, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Penguins 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins is all tied, two games apiece, with a pivotal Game 5 on Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center. The winner of this game moves to within one victory of a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

You can catch the game on NBCSN (8 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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