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The Tampa Bay Lightning forced a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-2 victory on Monday night. Several things went wrong for Pittsburgh in the game; this Chris Conner(notes) penalty shot at 9:10 of the second period is one of them:

To quote Rick Jeanneret during Ilya Kovalchuk's(notes) shootout fail earlier this season: AND HE LOST THE PUCK. And after HBO's "24/7," is anyone surprised to see Dan Bylsma give one of his players a hug on the bench?

The Penguins ended up tying the game in the third on a Jordan Staal(notes) goal, but the Lightning regained the lead 1:07 later on a Steve Downie(notes) goal.

This was Conner's eighth career playoff game; it was also his second penalty shot this season, having previously converted against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 18:

One assumes he may have been going for the same move on Dwayne Roloson(notes), but ended up with that desperation shot into his pads.

NHL rules dictate that the player fouled must be the player who takes the penalty shot, which you'll recall wasn't the case in Olympic play; which format do you prefer?

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