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NHL Playoffs, Lightning Vs. Penguins: Pens Try To Clinch First-Round Victory

The Penguins look to put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their NHL Playoff series. The Pens lead the series 3-1, and are heading home to Pittsburgh for Saturday's game, which starts at noon.

The Penguins won the last game of the series, on Wednesday, with Tyler Kennedy and Arron Asham scoring in regulation and James Neal finishing the game with an unlikely shot in the second overtime period. Asham's goal was his third in this playoff series - in the absence of key players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, role players like Asham have stepped up in this playoff series.

With a 3-1 lead, the Pens certainly have a cushion here. But they won't want to allow the Lightning to force a Game 6. A Game 6 would mean a return to Florida, and the Pens won't want to give the Lightning a chance to tie the series with a win at home.

You can follow the game here and at PensBurgh.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.