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Pens win 5-2 in Tampa to force Game 7

(AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3.

Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 P. Kane, Chi1064660
2 J. Benn, Dal894148
3 S. Crosby, Pit853649
4 J. Thornton, SJ821963
5 E. Karlsson, Ott821666
6 J. Pavelski, SJ783840
7 J. Gaudreau, Cgy783048
8 B. Wheeler, Wpg782652
9 A. Panarin, Chi773047
10 E. Kuznetsov, Was772057
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 B. Bishop, TB2.06
2 J. Gibson, Anh2.07
3 B. Elliott, StL2.07
4 C. Schneider, NJ2.15
5 B. Holtby, Was2.20
6 J. Quick, LA2.22
7 M. Jones, SJ2.27
8 M. Neuvirth, Phi2.27
9 M. Fleury, Pit2.29
10 J. Halak, NYI2.30
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