The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t allow Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming to ruin their fun. After falling behind 2-0 in the second, the Lighting came back to win it within the first minute of OT.
Sunday was filled with plenty of high-profile match ups and shows. The Warriors and the Thunder faced each other in game 3, Ludacris and Ciara hosted the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, and Game of Thrones premiered its fifth episode of the season, which is now out pacing George R. R. Martin’s written version of the series. Still, it seemed that playoff hockey was able to beat them all and brought everyone to the edge of their seats.
The first period was riddled with big hits and blocked shots, but neither team tasted a goal until the very end of the period. Brian Dumoulin knocked in a rebound let loose by Vasilevskiy with only 0.7 seconds left. It’s always interesting to see a buzzer beater in hockey, at least the fans think so. SocialDelta captured their responses on Twitter.
WOW! #Pens. I was just about to say that it was crucial to score first and they score with 0.7 seconds left in first period. Let’s GOOOO!!
— Jim Dabbelt (@JDabbs86) May 23, 2016
— Katie Collett (@KatieCollettTV) May 23, 2016
The second period opened up with a quick goal by Patric Hornqvist, which almost put this game out of reach for the Lightning. However, about half way through the period, the Lightning answered with two quick goals that tied the game. That lead didn’t last long though, as Kunitz ripped one past the goalie after a stunning pass from Matta, late in the second (someone should tell Tampa Bay to play ’till the buzzer).
WOW another last minute GOAL great play BY MAATA WELCOME BACK OLLIE #pens 3-2
— tim m (@bearandpizza) May 23, 2016
Goals in the first and last minute of a period. Absolute killers #TBLvsPIT
— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) May 23, 2016
The Lightning never gave up though. After a failed powerplay early in the third, and a puck that was inches from the net, Kucherov scored his second goal late in the match to send it into overtime. The Lightning didn’t want the Penguins creeping up on them again, so Tyler Johnson scored an early goal in OT to give the Bolts a 3-2 lead in the series at they head home to Tampa Bay.
LETS FREAKING GOOOO BABY TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WE WANT THE STANLEY CUP!!!!
— Trent Morrison⚽ (@MorrisonTrent) May 23, 2016
— Bryan Bennett (@WFLABryan) May 23, 2016
Blame that #Pens loss completely on Sullivan. Rookie move pulling Murray. Pathetic.
— Bob McKamey (@BobMcKamey) May 23, 2016
Go back and relive the excitement and watch how Twitter responded here
Game 6 kicks of at 8:00 pm ET on NBCSN. The Lightning are looking to become only one of a handful of teams appear in consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. The most recent franchise to do so was the Edmonton Oilers back in the early ’80s. Can the Bolts come one step closer to writing their names on the cup? Will Crosby ignite his squad and return from this 3-2 deficit?
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