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Sidney Crosby was the Penguins' hero in their Game 2 overtime victory. USATSI

The NHL's Eastern Conference finals are all square after a fast-paced Game 2 that ended with the getting a huge goal from their biggest star. scored just 40 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win and even the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1.

The Penguins pretty much dominated the game, outshooting the Lightning 41-21, but still had to claw their way to an overtime win. Part of that is due to the performance of Tampa Bay goalie , who was between the pipes in place of the injured Ben Bishop, and the rest is due to Tampa's opportunistic scoring in a wild first period.

This series has lived up to its billing of being a high-paced, intense affair. These two teams are bringing the excitement each period and now we've got ourselves a tight series, too.

Here's a look at seven takeaways from Pittsburgh's big Game 2 win.

1. Sidney Crosby wins it for the Penguins on his first-ever playoff OT goal: For all of the accomplishments in Sidney Crosby's career, he had never scored a goal in overtime during the playoffs. After buzzing throughout the game, generating chances and getting robbed on two occasions by nice saves, the Penguins captain ended the game with a goal 40 seconds into overtime after a nice feed from Bryan Rust.

The criticisms of Crosby had been growing awfully loud over the course of the game as his goal-scoring drought stretched to eight games. However, his lack of production only overshadowed the rest of his game, which wasn't really all that bad. Head coach Mike Sullivan shuffled the lines some and gave Crosby some different looks and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before he broke through. He just so happened to pick the best possible time for it.

Read more about the goal here.

2. was the reason this game made it to overtime at all: The Lightning's young goaltender, making his first start of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, was absolutely fantastic in the face of an absolute barrage from the Penguins. Vasilevskiy made 38 saves over the course of the game, some of the highlight-reel variety, to keep the Lightning in it as they generated a mere 21 shots.

The Penguins poured 16 shots on net over the final 20 minutes of regulation and Vasilevskiy stopped all of them to give Tampa Bay a chance in a game where they were so thoroughly outplayed.

While the result is disappointing, what Vasilveskiy's performance does for his team going forward is still pretty important. The Lightning now have nearly two full games of their 21-year-old goalie playing incredibly for them. They keep saying they have confidence in him, but he needed to continue showing why, which he did. If Ben Bishop remains out, and it's still unclear what his timetable is with his lower-leg injury, Tampa is going to be pretty comfortable with Vasilevskiy between the pipes.

3. Anton Stralman had some great and not so great moments in debut: For the first time in seven weeks, the Lightning's blue line was complete with the return of Anton Stralman. The No. 2 defenseman wasn't limited in his first action of the playoffs since fracturing his leg. He scored the Lightning's first goal on a nifty little chip in to start the first-period rally.

He also had some rough moments, too, though. He was partially at fault for getting beaten on the Penguins' first goal of the game and was caught too far up ice on the OT game-winner. Stralman tried to get back, but got caught.

After the long layoff, the Lightning are going to have to live with some moments like that, while hoping they don't come in those kind of situations going forward. Expect him to get better as the postseason goes on, especially as he gets used to the pace of this exceedingly fast series.

4. The HBK Line connects again: scored his sixth goal of the playoffs to maintain his point-per-game career scoring rate in the postseason. and Carl Hagelin had the assists on the play. That trio continues to perform at a high level.

Kessel now has 14 points in 13 playoff games with the Penguins.

Of the line jumbling Mike Sullivan did, he tried to keep the red-hot HBK Line together as much as possible. It paid off.

By the way, their success was noticed by another famous HBK.

5. Lightning reminded the Penguins of their quick-strike attack: After the Lightning fell behind 2-0 in the first period, Tampa Bay never went away. They got dominated in the possession game, but they're opportunistic in transition, which is one of the things that makes them so dangerous.

There was Stralman's goal that featured some crafty puck movement and then Jonathan Drouin scored on an absolute bullet off the rush.

Even when this team is getting pounded with shots from their opponent, as they were Monday night, they're never going to be out of it because of their ability to manufacture goals with their speed and skill.

6. Matt Murray bounced back again: One of the more remarkable qualities of the Penguins' rookie goalie is his even keel. He gave up those two quick goals to the Lightning, but didn't really let it affect him too much. He only had to make 19 saves in the game to give his team a chance to win, but his ability to bounce back and have a short memory shows maturity beyond his years and why the Penguins should continue to be comfortable with him.

7. The Lightning were shorthanded again: After the Lightning got Stralman back, it looked like things were turning around for them on the injury front. However, physical forward missed the game with an apparent illness. Bishop was also out after his scary, but apparently not severe injury. His status going forward remains day-to-day. Getting those two players back for Game 3 could help as depth really matters in this series.

We're also still waiting to find out more about when, if at all, Steven Stamkos will be back. That story will persist as the series rolls on.