Although Pittsburgh rebounded with a much better effort in Game 6 after a tough Game 5 loss, it wasn?t enough to stifle the Lightning, who forced a Game 7 in Pittsburgh with their 4-2 win ? their first victory of the series on their home ice.
The Penguins got off to a fast start, fueled by their strong defensive play that kept Tampa Bay from recording a shot through the first 11 minutes of play. The Penguins defense kept forcing turnovers and didn?t allow the Lightning to gain the offensive zone.
But a pair of late power plays to end the first period swung the momentum in Tampa Bay?s favor, opening the door for the Lightning to get on the board with just over three minutes left to play.
Pittsburgh refused to give up despite surrendering the lead, with every player leaving their hearts and souls on the ice to battle back and tie the game early in the third. However, Tampa Bay responded seconds later to regain the lead, a deficit Pittsburgh couldn't rally from a second time.
The series moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 7, which will take place Wednesday at a time yet to be determined.