Crosby’s overtime winner lifts Penguins by Lightning 3-2

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save as Pittsburgh Penguins' Carl Hagelin, right, skates to the net during the first period of Game 2. AP Photo

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the circle 40 seconds into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday night to leave the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece.

Crosby, who hadn’t scored since the opening round against the New York Rangers, took a feed from Bryan Rust and buried it for his fourth goal of the postseason. Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins.

Matt Murray overcame a shaky start to finish with 19 saves as Pittsburgh improved to 3-1 in overtime during the playoffs.

Anton Stralman scored in his return to the lineup from a fractured left leg and Brian Drouin picked up his second goal in as many games, but the Lightning lost for just the third time in 12 postseason games.



11:03 p.m. Crosby scores to give the Penguins the win less than a minute into overtime. The series is tied 1-1 heading back to Tampa.

10:53 p.m. The Lightning are 2-0 in overtime this postseason and 5-0 in one-goal games.

Third period: 

10:48 p.m. All 4 goals in this game came during the first period.

10:46 p.m. The Lightning and Penguins are heading to overtime after ending regulation tied 2-2

10:36 p.m. There’s 5:58 left in regulation.

10:34 p.m. Andrei Vasilevskiy stops the puck to keep the Lightning tied with a little over 6 minutes to go.

10:27 p.m. Killorn draws iron, inches away from converting a Penguins turnover into the go-ahead goal. We’re still at 2-2.

10:19 p.m. The Penguins have a flurry of chances in front of Vasilevskiy, but the Lightning keeper is up to the task. It’s still 2-2.

10:12 p.m. The Lightning and Penguins remain tied 3 minutes into the third period.

Second period:

9:50 p.m. Through two periods of play, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh are still tied 2-2. There have been goals by Cullen, Kessel, Stralman and Drouin. The Penguins have out-shot the Lightning 22-15.

9:39 p.m. There’s 4:51 to go in the second. The Lightning and Penguins are still tied at 2-2.

9:31 p.m. Vasilevskiy makes his best save of the night, denying a surefire goal with a desperation glove save.

9:26 p.m. Here comes the first Lightning power play.

9:11 p.m. Cedric Paquette was hit in face, briefly went to hallway but is back on the bench.

9:10 p.m. The puck flies into the Lightning bench.

First period:

8:51 p.m. That’s the first period. The Lightning head to the locker room tied at 2.

8:50 p.m. Drouin scores for the Lightning to make it 2-2.

8:44 p.m. Drouin is headed to the box for hooking, and Hedman strongly disagrees with the call. The Penguins are going back on the power play.

8:43 p.m. Marchessault passes across teh ice to a cutting Stralman, who scores. Tampa Bay trails 2-1.

8:39 p.m. The first call of the night goes against the Bolts. Alex Killorn heads to the box for holding.

8:37 p.m. Vasilevskiy keeps it at 2-0 with a beautiful save.

8:29 p.m.  Kessel stashes one, and it’s 2-0 Pittsburgh.

8:23 p.m. Malkin gets a quality chance. The Lightning on their heels.

8:20 p.m. The first whistle of the game comes 4:32 in, as Cullen shelves a rebound over Vasilevskiy’s blocker. Vasilevskiy stopped 2 previous chances.

8:11 p.m. Stralman is in tonight for the Lightning. But, Bishop, Nesterov, Callahan are all out.

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Come cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final Monday night. The puck drops at 8 p.m.

News Channel 8 is hosting the official watch party Monday starting at 6 p.m. on Ford Thunder Alley at the Amalie Arena. There will be live music, a kids zone, and street hockey before the game.

Game 2 takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. When the game is over, change the channel to News Channel 8. We will have team coverage with News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas and Paul Ryan live from Pittsburgh at 11 p.m. followed by our half-hour Road to the Cup post-game special at 11:35 p.m.

The Bolts took Game 1 of the series Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Penguins.

Goaltender Ben Bishop twisted the leg awkwardly in the first period of a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night and left on a stretcher. The Vezina Trophy finalist said tests revealed no significant damage but he will not play in Game 2 on Monday night.

If Bishop can’t go, Andrei Vasilevskiy will fill in as the Lightning try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Vasilevskiy made 25 saves after coming in for Bishop.

Bolts’ captain Steven Stamkos confirmed he will also skip Game 2.  Bishop spoke with the media Sunday, saying he initially thought his leg was broken.


“Definitely one of the scariest things ever to happen to me,” he said about his injury. “It’s still a little painful right now, but playing hockey is totally different than just walking around.”

The Penguins will stick with rookie goaltender Matt Murray. Pittsburgh has not dropped consecutive games during the playoffs.

When the game is over change the channel to News Channel 8. We will have live team coverage from Pittsburgh at 11 p.m. followed by our hour half hour Road to the Cup post-game special. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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