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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning embark on what is now a best-of-three series, with the first team to come up with two wins advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. Game 5 is at Consol Energy Center on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s...

W2W4: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 5

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning embark on what is now a best-of-three series, with the first team to come up with two wins advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. Game 5 is at Consol Energy Center on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s...

W2W4: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 5

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning embark on what is now a best-of-three series, with the first team to come up with two wins advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. Game 5 is at Consol Energy Center on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s what to watch for:

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Sunday morning that veteran Marc-Andre Fleury will get his first start since suffering a concussion on March 31. Fleury came on in relief of Matt Murray in the third period of Game 4 and did not allow a goal on seven shots. Murray, 21, has been rock solid all spring since coming in for Jeff Zatkoff in Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs. He has a 9-4 record and .923 save percentage. Fleury has been game-ready since Game 3 of the last series against the Washington Capitals, and no doubt his sharpness in Game 4 and his veteran savvy was a contributing factor in Sullivan's decision to give him the nod in a crucial Game 5. The Pens trailed 4-0 when Fleury came on in relief and closed the gap to 4-3 behind Fleury. "It’s an important decision for our hockey team," Sullivan said of the goaltending change, also adding some high praise for Murray. "Matt’s great. He’s a very composed kid. He’s played extremely well for this team, as has Marc."

The goaltending issue might end up being secondary for the Penguins, given the loss of defenseman Trevor Daley for the balance of the season with a broken ankle. Sullivan confirmed the severity of the injury Sunday morning. Daley was taken hard into the boards in the second period of Game 4 by Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. The logical move for Sullivan is to reinsert Olli Maatta, who has been a healthy scratch for the past three games. Daley has, for the most part, been excellent while playing top-four minutes. His absence means Maatta and Justin Schultz, who has played in place of Maatta and played well, will have to absorb Daley’s minutes. "Trevor’s been great for us,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. "He’s brought a veteran element to our D corps and he’s brought a level of speed and playmaking ability that few guys possess." Still, he added, “we like to think that no matter who has gone out and played for us in the last four months that we’re going to get the job done. We have a belief in this room that it’s more than just about a couple of players." It’s an area the Lightning will be looking to exploit in terms of trying to disrupt a blue line now featuring three youngsters in Maatta, Schultz and Brian Dumoulin with the vigorous forecheck they showed early in Game 4 when they built a 4-0 lead through two periods. They’ll be looking to target Maatta, especially given that he has struggled with his confidence. He also missed time after being flattened by Brooks Orpik in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals. Sullivan said the key for Maatta is to keep his game simple, “relax and have fun and play.” Here’s what the Penguins’ blue line pairs could look like: Maatta-Kris Letang, Ian Cole-Schultz, Dumoulin-Lovejoy.

The other roster wrinkle for the Penguins looks to be the insertion of forward Beau Bennett. Although he hasn’t played since April 5 and has been hampered by injuries that limited him to 33 games this season, Sullivan said he likes Bennett’s size and skill set even if he’s likely to have some timing issues with the long layoff. “He’ll also be a guy that’ll play on adrenaline,” the coach said. It would appear that if Bennett is a go then Conor Sheary, who has struggled over recent games, would come out. It’s likely Bennett would see time playing with Evgeni Malkin, who scored in Game 4 to end an eight-game goalless drought.

Although both Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos skated as part of an optional Tampa workout Sunday morning, neither are expected in the lineup for Game 5. Head coach Jon Cooper will address the media before Game 5 but no lineup changes are expected. Tyler Johnson, who took a puck in the face during warmups before Game 4, had some dental work done and first donned a cage and then a visor when he returned to action scoring the game-winner. The visor remains attached to Johnson’s helmet. The Lightning will be looking to build off a successful first 40 minutes in Game 4 and they’ll be looking to avoid giving the Penguins too much time with the man advantage. Through four games, the Lightning have been shorthanded 13 times compared to just eight for the Penguins. The Pens lead the special teams race with three goals to two for the Lightning.

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