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2011 NHL Playoffs: Bergenheim's Deja Vu Goal Has Lightning Ahead 1-0 After Two Periods

Sean Bergenheim has the only goal so far in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. WIth their 1-0 lead at the second intermission, the Lightning are one period away from advancing.

Bergenheim’s goal was almost a carbon copy of the goal he scored to give the Lightning a second-period lead in Game 6. Dominic Moore took the puck at the near corner boards and skated behind the net as Bergenheim moved into position near the post. Then just like he had done in the previous game, Moore passed it behind his back to Bergenheim, who scored into an open net while Marc-Andre Fleury looked for the puck around the other post. The Game 7 goal was scored at 5:41 of the period, only three seconds sooner than Bergenheim’s Game 6 goal.

Shortly after, Tampa Bay nearly extended their lead on the power play. Ryan Malone worked the puck around to Pavel Kubina, creeping in from the right point for a shot on Fleury. But Kubina needed a split second to get the puck positioned on his stick for a shot, and that gave the Penguins goalie enough time to slide across the crease and make a strong glove save.

Tampa Bay carried the play for long stretches in the middle period, but the Penguins began making a push towards the end of the second, and obviously they will go all-out in the third period to try and tie the game and avoid elimination.

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