The Penguins scored three times in the third period – including a Sidney Crosby GWG – to take a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning.
Crosby, who notched his first career playoff overtime goal in Game 2, potted the winning tally for the second straight contest – a first in his postseason career (114 GP). He established a career high with nine game-winning goals during the regular season.
“The HBK Line” – the trio of Carl Hagelin (1-1—2), Nick Bonino (0-1—1) and Phil Kessel (1-1—2) – combined for 2-3—5 in Game 3. They have totaled 14-25—39 in 14 total games this postseason (Hagelin: 5-6—11, Bonino: 2-10—12, Kessel: 7-9—16).
Kessel now has 20-17—37 in 36 career playoff games (1.03 P/GP). Only two other active players, with a minimum of 20 appearances, have averaged more than one point per game during their postseason careers: teammates Crosby (1.15) and Malkin (1.06).
NHL FINALISTS FOR GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The NHL announced that Brian MacLellan of the Capitals, Jim Nill of the Stars and Jim Rutherford of the Penguins are the three finalists for the 2015-16 NHL General Manager of the Year Award.
Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
MILESTONES AND MUSINGS
- Forward Tyler Johnson scored his 19th career playoff goal, all with the Lightning, to move past Brad Richards (18) and into sole possession of fourth place in franchise history
- Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 44 saves, one shy of his career high in any contest (Dec. 20, 2014 at NYI: 45 SV) and the most by a Tampa Bay goaltender in a regulation playoff game
- Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (26 SV) has won 18 of his first 25 career games (regular season and playoffs)
Home Team in Caps
Pittsburgh 4, TAMPA BAY 2 – PIT leads 2-1
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ San Jose, 9:00 p.m., series tied 1-1
Feature photo by Tim Jarrold – In Play! magazine