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Penguins quiet in Game 1 loss to Lightning

| Friday, May 13, 2016, 11:03 p.m.

Throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs, fans filled the Consol Energy Center air with a variety of noises.

A spontaneous roar after the Penguins scored a goal. The full-throated cheer of appreciation after the home team closed out a series. Indignant booing after a visiting player delivered an illegal hit.

On Friday night, though, the fans delivered a new sensory experience, one that told the tale of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was the sound of silence.

There was silence after Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin scored to lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory. Game 2 is set for Monday night.

“This team has set a high standard for their play,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “I don't think it was our best game, and that's what we need in order to have success at this point in the season.”

There was respectful silence after Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay's starting goaltender, was taken off the ice on a stretcher after an apparently serious leg injury in the first period.

Bishop, the NHL's leader in postseason save percentage, landed awkwardly on his left leg 12 minutes, 25 seconds into the first period. He writhed in pain as he was attended to by trainers before being wheeled to a waiting ambulance.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said X-rays on Bishop's leg came back negative.

Before the injury to Bishop, the Lightning already were playing without two-time NHL goal-scoring champ Steven Stamkos (blood clot) and top-pair defenseman Anton Stralman (broken leg), who have yet to appear in a playoff game.

They're obviously used to dealing with adversity.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, a 21-year-old widely considered one of the top young goalies in the game, is at least a capable replacement for Bishop. He made 25 saves. On top of that, in between major calamities, the Lightning took a 3-0 lead.

Victor Hedman, still healthy and still one of the top defensemen in the world, made a 150-foot breakout pass to spring Killorn past defenseman Olli Maatta for a goal late in the first period.

In the second, Palat cashed in a rebound of a Valtteri Filppula shot Murray kicked out into the slot, and Drouin finished off a three-on-one after an offensive-zone turnover by the Penguins.

“When they get a chance, it's probably going to be in your net,” winger Patric Hornqvist said. “You saw that on the third goal. It looks like we're going to have a chance down low, we turn it over and five seconds later, it's in our net.”

The Penguins had a much quieter night offensively. They outshot the Lightning, 35-20, and didn't get hemmed in their defensive zone for long stretches, but they didn't threaten Vasilevskiy anywhere near as consistently as they needed to.

Their goal came from Hornqvist on the power play late in the second period.

“They defend hard,” Sullivan said. “They block shots. They've got people in the lanes. They have good support mechanisms built in place when somebody gets beat. I thought we generated a fair amount of chances. We've got to find a way to convert.”

The Lightning also delivered two illegal hits on Penguins defensemen. Ryan Callahan was given a boarding major for driving Kris Letang's head into the corner boards in the first period. Palat got a boarding minor for pushing Brian Dumoulin headfirst into the glass in the third.

Letang returned to the game. Dumoulin did not.

“That seems to be the way everybody wants to play against us,” defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “We want to be a fast team. We want to get out of our end quickly. The Rangers tried to intimidate us. The Capitals tried to intimidate us. We know this team also wants to come out and hit our talented defensemen.”

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @BombulieTrib.

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The Lightning's Alex Killorn scores a first-period goal against the Penguins during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Lightning's J.T. Brown checks the Penguins' Chris Kunitz into goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Fans get revved up before the Penguins face the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Kris Letang lays on the ice after being hit by the Lightning's Ryan Callahan during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop writhes in pain on the ice during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop makes a save on the Penguins' Phil Kessel during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Lightning's Ryan Callahan hits the Penguins' Kris Letang during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Shirley Speeney of Connellsville has her face painted outside Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016.
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The Lightning's J.T. Brown wraps his arm around the head of the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Brian Dumoulin lays on the ice behind goaltender Matt Murray after taking a third-period hit against the Lightning during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins defensman Kris Letang battles Lightning center Valtteri Filppula for the puck during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby narrowly misses a third-period goal against Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle holds up the Penguins' Eric Fehr in the third-period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Fans stream into Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman clears the puck away from the Penguins' Sidney Crosby during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Lightning's Alex Killorn scores on Penguins goaltender Matt Murray for a first-period goal during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is helped up after he was checked into the boards by the Lightning's Andrej Palat during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provides instruction during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a third-period save as the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist can't get to the rebound during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman tips the puck as the Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl takes a shot during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby is pressured by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning players celebrate their first goal of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Conor Sheary and Lightning's Ondrej Palat chase a loose puck during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Tom Kuhnhacki pressures the Lightning during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning players celebrate a second-period goal against the Penguins during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel watches a second-period goal against Lightning during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Lightning's Ondrej Palat beats Penguins goaltender Matt Murray during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Kris Letang and Ian Cole watch as the Lightning's Andrej Palat's shot beats goaltender Matt Murray during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Lightning's Tyler Johnson is helped of the ice during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel fights with the Lightning's Braydon Coburn (left) and Victor Hedman during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins players celebrate Patric Hornqvist's second-period goal against the Lightning during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel dives to stop a pass from the Lightning's Alex Killorn during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop leaves the game on a stretcher during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Kris Letang leaves the ice after suffering an injury during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Lightning on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Fans get revved up before the Penguins face the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray gives up a first-period goal to the Lightning's Alex Killorn in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is injured during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist looks for a rebound from Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is injured during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop writhes in pain on the ice during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Consol Energy Center.
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Fans stream into Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Fans stream into Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Fans gather outside Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 13, 2016.
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