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Gagne, Stamkos Score In 1st Period To Give Lightning Early Lead Against Penguins In Game 5

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored two quick goals near the end of the 1st period to take a 2-0 lead in their Game 5 contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins dictated proceedings throughout most of the period before Simon Gagne opened the Lightning’s account. With about 3:03 remaining, the Canadian sniper finished off a slick passing sequence with a hard-angled, one-timed shot that Marc-Andre Fleury could do little about.

Moments later, Steven Stamkos emerged from anonymity to put a rebound past Fleury, increasing the Lightning’s lead to 2-0.

Brooks Orpik came closest to scoring for the Penguins with just under seven minutes to go in the period, letting loose a slapshot from the point that found it’s way through traffic before ringing off of Dwayne Roloson’s post.

The Penguins outshot the Lightning 13-8 in the period. They’ll have a chance to pull a goal back early as they carry a 1:27 in power play time into the 2nd period off of a roughing call on Vincent Lecavalier.

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