2011 NHL Playoffs: Lightning Piling It On, Lead Penguins 5-0 Midway Through Second Period

Looks like there will be a Game 6 in Tampa on Monday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning have a 5-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Tampa Bay extended their lead with goals that followed unsuccessful Penguins power plays. After killing a man advantage that started the second period, Vincent Lecavalier scored at 1:55 of the period to extend the Lightning’s lead to 3-0, assisted by Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Then, after killing a too many men on the ice penalty, Simon Gagne scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-0. That was the end of the day for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was replaced in net by Brent Johnson. But it wasn’t the end of the scoring binge for Tampa Bay, because a minute and a half after Gagne scored, Stamkos picked up his second goal of the game on a power play for a 5-0 lead.

Pittsburgh’s power play is now 1-for-23 in the series and their prospects for ending the series today are very dim as the Lightning have a comfortable lead.

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