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Rolie the Goalie pushes Pens out of playoffs; Tampa Bay faces Washington next

PITTSBURGH -- Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for his second NHL playoff shutout, Sean Bergenheim scored, and the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a big series comeback and eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 1-0 win in Game Seven on Wednesday night.

Roloson became the second goalie to go 6-0 in elimination games. He allowed only four goals in winning the final three games as Tampa Bay erased a 3-1 series deficit. That matched his feat in 2003 when he led the Minnesota Wild to a comeback against the Vancouver Canucks in the second round.

The No. 5 seed Lightning will now face the top-seeded Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Penguins lost their second consecutive Game Seven and fell to 2-6 in such deciding games at home.

Bergenheim's goal 5:41 into the second period was his third in the final four games of the series. Tampa Bay hadn't advanced in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Despite a 36-23 edge in shots, the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins lost three consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 27, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 -- a span of 141 games.

Playing their first Game Seven on the road, the Lightning were the first this year to win a series after trailing 3-1. Tampa Bay is 3-0 in Game Sevens.

The Lightning killed a slashing penalty given to Nate Thompson with 1:33 left that gave the Penguins a six-on-four skating advantage after goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled.

That was the fifth unsuccessful power play of the game for Pittsburgh, which was 1 for 35 for the series and had no power-play goals in 25 chances at home.

After the Penguins took 17 of the first 24 shots, Bergenheim scored on a familiar play set up by a blind backhand pass by Dominic Moore. Moore skated behind the net toward the left-wing side and got the puck to Bergenheim, who was standing alone below the right circle.

Fleury hadn't even turned his head back toward Bergenheim's side of the ice as the puck was heading into the net.

Moore set up Bergenheim for a nearly identical goal in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win in Game Six.

This one was the only goal Roloson and the Lightning needed. Pittsburgh had lost all 23 games in which it trailed heading into the third period, and that trend continued even though the Penguins controlled play for much of the frame in a desperate attempt to keep their season alive.

Roloson, who entered with a 1.80 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in elimination games, stopped Tyler Kennedy from close range during the period's first minute, and turned away Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Mark Letestu over the next 90 seconds.

Roloson calmly stopped Kennedy and Kunitz on rebounds late in the third.

The loss of Crosby, who didn't play after Jan. 5 because of a concussion, and Evgeni Malkin's season-ending knee injury proved to be too much for Pittsburgh to overcome.


Selke finalists set

NEW YORK -- Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk has a shot at winning a fourth straight Frank Selke Trophy, being nominated along with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Chicago's Jonathan Toews for the award given to the top defensive forward.

The winner will be announced at the NHL awards banquet June 22 in Las Vegas.

Datsyuk, who has captured the award three straight years, ranked 11th in the league with 71 takeaways despite playing in just 56 games this season.

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