The Tampa Bay Lightning struck first and won the first game of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Will they go 2-0 or will the Pittsburgh Penguins even the score in Game 2 on May 16? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see this game so click to watch!
The Eastern Conference finals of the 2016 NHL Playoffs has just begun but is it already all over for the Pittsburgh Penguins? After losing the first game to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pens have their backs against the wall. Will the Steel City skaters swipe the second win, or will the Lightning light up the scoreboard once again?
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The last thing the Penguins want is a repeat of Game 1, so expect Steel City to bring the noise when Tampa Bay rolls into the Consol Energy Center in scenic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 16. The Lightning are hoping to strike twice and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Will they succeed? The Action kicks off at 8:00 P.M. EST so after taking a look at some of the hottest hunks on the ice, be ready for some scorching hockey.
Game 1 ended with the Lightning taking the win, 3-1, over the Pens, according to Sports Illustrated. However, the Pens can’t afford to go 0-2, because the last 19 teams that dropped the first two games in the conference finals eventually were eliminated. Uh-oh.
“We’ve got to have a resilience approach,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan, 48, said after the loss. “When you get this far in the playoffs, you’re playing real good opponents. It’s hard to win every night. When you don’t win, you’ve got to respond the right way.” Respond with your own way by getting an official Penguins hat here.
Pittsburgh may even it up since Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop is considered questionable due to a Game 1 injury, per Bleacher Report. Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist, 29, managed to nail a goal on the power play, thanks to Sidney Crosby, 28, and Phil Kessel, 28, but that was the only bright moment in that game. Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn, 26, Ondre Palat, 25, and Jonathan Drouin, 21, proved that lightning could strike more than once, winning the game with a trio of goals. Show your love of the Lightning by getting an official shirt here.
Will Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray, 21, start this game? Or, after he allowed three goals within 20 shots in Game 1, will they replace him with veteran Marc-André Fleury, 31? Either way, the Penguins need to keep Tampa Bay from taking another victory if they want to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive.
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