Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NHL Playoffs 2011: Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins

Our archive of the first round games between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

We'll offer up results, summaries and items of note as the two Eastern Division rivals seek to move on in the 2011 playoffs.

Tampa Bay wins the series 4 games to 3

Wednesday, April 13-- Tampa Bay 0 at Pittsburgh 3 
Friday, April 15--  Tampa Bay 5 at Pittsburgh 1 
Monday, April 18--  Pittsburgh 3 at Tampa Bay 2 
Wednesday, April 20--  Pittsburgh 3 at Tampa Bay 2 (2 OT) 
Saturday, April 23-- Tampa Bay 8 at Pittsburgh 2 
Monday, April 25-- Pittsburgh 2  at Tampa Bay 4
Wednesday, April 27-- Tampa Bay 1 at Pittsburgh  0

Game Seven  April 27

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins make quiet exit from postseason
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Power outage ends Penguins' season
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Where was Kovy?
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins reach record-length new TV deal with Root Sports
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Game 7 Period by period analysis
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Power play ends Penguins season with a 1-0 loss to Lightning
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Tampa Bay's double-take
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Crosby, Malkin sorely missed by Penguins
Pittsburgh Post Gazette--  Penguins blanked in season ending Game 7

Game Six, April 25

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Fleury is Penguins' saving grace
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Familiar referee assigned to Game 7
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins erase recent memory, look to Game 7
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Home ice hasn't helped Penguins in past Game 7s
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Pens current power play plan isn't working
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning answer Penguins' third-period equalizer to force Game 7
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning score 2 after Staal goal, push series to 7 games
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning treat game like one on the road
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Letang slumping instead of rising to playoff occasion
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Orpik pans Boucher's remarks
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Game 7 home ice meaningless
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Playing a game 7 is a chilling prospect
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Seven musts for Penguins in Game 7
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's Gagne has history of coming through in the postseason
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Root Sports to carry Penguins through 2028-29 season
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Bylsma considering Engelland, Tangradi
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Letand slumping instead of rising to playoff occasion
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins miss opportunities, lose to Lightning, 4-2
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's Malone tries something different to score on Penguins...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Letang misses out as Norris trophy finalist
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins fall to Lightning 4-2, series tied, 3-3

Game Five, April 23

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins seek return to normalcy
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Taking flight: Clinching on the road in game 6
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning wary of home-ice hex
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Bolts extend string of road team dominance
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Stamkos surfaces, scores twice
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Fleury flounders, but usually rebounds
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Malkin beginning to test surgically repaired knee
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins' Asham making presence felt
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Home ice hasn't been nice for Penguins in playoffs
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Odds stacked against Tampa
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning wants more bodies, pucks at the net
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Q & A with Penguins' Kovalev
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Forgetting Game 5 the plan
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Forget about there being no place like home
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins blown out by LIghtning, 8-2 in Game 5
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's Stamkos finds scoring touch
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Sleepy Penguins awaken Stamkos
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Wrong kind of history made
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Tampa Bay never finds a reason to quit, and Penguins are to blame

Game Four, April 20 

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins take command of series with win over Lightning
Pittsburgh Tribune Review--  Neal's goal ends frustrating drought
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Cooke suspension was a sick joke
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Stamkos' struggles prompt questions about his health
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Crosby back at practice; Game 5 will start at noon
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Neal's overtime goal gives Pens 3-2 win...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's Malone an unwelcome guest in Fleury's house
Pittsburgh Post Gazette--  Tangradi makes playoff debut
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Elephant in room too big for St. Louis
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Neal leads Penguins past Lightning in overtime
Tampa OT loss puts Lightning in 3-1 series hole
Tampa St. Louis refuses to let Bolts go quietly
Tampa Another rally matters nothing in the end
Tampa Yzerman a finalist for GM of year
Tampa Neal plays the role of hero for Penguins
Tampa Bolts keep it simple to get back in game
Globe and Mail-- Penguins stop Lightning in second OT

Game Three, April 18

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Tangradi replaces Kunitz in Pens' Game 4 lineup
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguin lineup a 'game time decision'
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Suspensions, prompt lineup changes for Pens, Lightning
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Game 3 scores big locally
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Bouncing back: Penguins get goals from role players
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Head shots take centre stage in Game 3
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Pens score quickly after Lightning tie game in third
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Crosby misses another practice
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Pens Kunitz suspended for tomorrow's Game 4
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' top ranked penalty kill looks ordinary
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' Kunitz. Lightning's Downie each suspended for one game
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Illogical signs lead the pack
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' quick strikes bury Lightning in Game 3
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- A quick start does wonders
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Kunitz suspended for Game 4 of Penguins-Lightning series
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins again top NHL in U. S. TV ratings
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins defeat Tampa Bay 3-2
Tampa NHL's so-called discipline on head shots borders on criminal
Tampa Lightning-Penguins series has been hard-hitting
Tampa Special teams haven't gauged series
Tampa Lightning prepared for postseason pressures
Tampa Lightning's Downie suspended one game for hit
Tampa Already, a must-win situation for Lightning
Tampa Bolts momentum quickly evaporates
Tampa Roloson's focus shifts to Game 4 after Bolt's loss
Tampa St. Louis thriving in new power play role
Tampa Penguins edge Bolts to take 2-1 series lead
Tampa Stamkos' education continues

Game Two, April 15

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Game 3 has been Penguins' province
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Letang's goal: Play good defense
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lecavalier rediscovers game changing talent
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Bylsma, Boucher prove coaches can win without iron-fist rule
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning get much-needed spark from Brewer
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning strike early, even series at 1
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Boucher's wish granted in Game 2
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Tampa Bay grabs momentum with 3 first period goals
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Don't worry about Fleury he always bounces back
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' best must be their best
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's Stamkos still stuck in slump
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Hall's gritty defines works for Lightning
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Loss of focus, composure in Game 2 surprises Bylsma
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Ability to handle loss looms as critical issue
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's early strike beats Penguins, 5-1
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning find lots of ways to score against Penguins
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' Letang fails in a pinch
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Crosby not pushing to return to games
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- First goal is uplifting
Tampa Lightning will not face Penguins star Crosby in Game 3
Tampa The heartbeat of playoff hockey finally returns to Tampa Bay
Tampa Bolts want Forum rocking for Game 3
Tampa Lightning's Lecavalier up to old tricks
Tampa Buzz is building as Bolts return home for playoffs
Tampa Brewer a steadying influence for Bolt's defense
Tampa Like father, like son for Lightning coach Boucher
Tampa Stamkos shuffled around in Game 2
Tampa Power play comes through
Tampa Lightning handle Penguins, even series at 1

Game One, April 13

Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins top four likely to play a lot
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Tampa Bay Lightning look to rally
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins' physicality, discipline key in Game 1 victory
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Pens christen Consol with playoff win
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Third period flurry lifts Penguins to win over Lightning
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Pens can shine without stars
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning's Stamkos has rocky debut
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Upper St. Clair native Malone returns to playoffs
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Cook: Penguins' Kovalev earns his keep
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Age gets better of Lightning's Roloson in third
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' Bylsma, Lightning's Boucher put their minds to work
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Lightning's St. Louis undergoes double root canal
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' Lovejoy enjoys physical Game 1
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- 'Coach' Crosby serves as new eye in the sky
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Fleury's pretzel save a keeper
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Stanley Cup Playoffs: Fleury leads Penguins past Lightning, 3-0
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Consol Energy Center doesn't provide any physical advantages
Tampa Penalties, and gamesmanship, continue to be an issue...
Tampa Game 2 against Pens is "huge" for Tampa Bay Lightning...
Tampa St. Louis calls Michalek's high stick as "careless play"

Tampa Lightning Heed Message from Ailing Assistant Coach
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning must undercut the growing legend of ...
Tampa Lightning's Game 2 lineup likely to stay the same
Tampa Bolts try to solve Fleury in Game 2
Tampa Bolts' Malone modes by Pittsburgh upbringing
Tampa  Root canal part of the job for St. Louis
Tampa Penguin's run inspiring Crosby
Globe and Mail-- Lightning looking for ways to beat Fleury
Globe and Mail-- Sounds of silence surround Sid

Series preview
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Picking a tight series
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Crosby out for playoff opener
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Spirit high, expectations low for fans
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins' Michalek snuffs opposing teams' snipers
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- LW Neal returns to Penguins' practice
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Tampa Bay defines comes through
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning pair up to old tricks
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Crosby skating with team; not expected to play tomorrow
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Penguins need power-play turnaround
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Tocchet's take on the playoff series
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning lineup lacks playoff experience
Pittsburgh Tribune Review-- Lightning can strike quickly; Pens confident
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Penguins' Crosby not ready to play
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Neal set for first playoff
Pittsburgh Post Gazette-- Home ice gets a new meaning at Consol

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