Sidney Crosby had three goals and an assist and Matt Niskanen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 18.6 seconds left, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
Evgeni Malkin finished a frantic Pittsburgh rally with 15.5 seconds left in overtime for his second goal and the Penguins, looking lifeless while trailing by three goals early in the third, surged to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Wednesday night.
If Game 5 was like a meteor crashing into the Stanley Cup finals landscape, then there are two groups gathered on opposite sides of the debris trying to assess what happened, and more to the point, what's next.
Evgeni Malkin scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lift Pittsburgh to a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night that stretched the Penguins' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series to 3-0.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 35th goal midway through the third period and got his second assist of the game on Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal moments later to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4.
Sidney Crosby scored his first two goals of the season, including the winner with 5:22 left in the third period, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Petr Sykora scored twice and had an assist in his Pittsburgh home debut and the Penguins twice scored goals only seconds apart in a 5-4 victory over the road-weary Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to extend his league scoring lead and help the Pittsburgh Penguins tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with a 5-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.