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Lightning lament Game 6 effort, Cooper doesn’t blame disallowed goal

Led by Sidney Crosby's two points, including the game winner, the Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's promise, holding off a late push by Brian Boyle and Tampa to force a Game 7.

The Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to sleepwalk through the first two periods of Game 6, and waking up in the final frame wasn’t enough to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On the bright side, at least the Lightning aren’t in denial about that weak first 40 minutes.

It seemed like everyone on the team more or less admitted as much in unison.

Brian Boyle added that he felt like the Lightning tiptoed around this game. Jon Cooper often provides great quips, yet he was pretty matter-of-fact in this case.

Many will linger on this disallowed goal for Jonathan Drouin, which would have provided a 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay in the first period.

Let’s face it; that moment came pretty early in the game. To Tampa Bay’s credit, they’re not pinning the loss on that setback.

Now they must set their sights on competing throughout Game 7 ... and maybe earning some bounces of their own in the process.

Read more about Game 6 here.