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Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way

TAMPA, Fla. babyliss perfect curl . -- Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to keep their first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh alive, playing with a sense of urgency that was absent in falling to the brink of elimination against the Penguins. The challenge is to do it again in Game 6 on Monday night, with another Lightning victory sending the Eastern Conference matchup back to Pittsburgh for a seventh game on Wednesday night. The visiting team has won four consecutive games in a series the Penguins lead 3-2 after being trounced 8-2 at home in Game 5 on Saturday. The Lightning return home after a road win for the second time, and coach Guy Boucher senses a different mindset among his players for Game 6 than existed before Game 3 in Tampa. "After we won in Pittsburgh the first time, I felt the guys were happy to have won a game, relieved of something," Boucher said after practice Sunday. "Thats probably the worst state to be in because youve done nothing for the next game yet and you already feel some relief," the first-year coach added. "There is no relief in the playoffs. Its every second counts, every play will count. Itll be harder tomorrow than it was last game. We always say the easiest day was yesterday, it certainly wont be tomorrow." The Penguins already have shown ability to put lopsided losses behind them, bouncing back from a 5-1 in Game 2 to win the next two on the road. "I think Id rather lose 8-2 than lose in triple overtime or something," Pittsburghs Arron Asham said. "No one was happy with the outcome. We gave up the first goal and it just deteriorated from there. Thats the way it goes. That game is behind us." Stamkos scored the first two playoff goals of his career and also had an assist to pace the Lightnings offensive explosion in Game 5. Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina also had two goals apiece for Tampa Bay, which also got a strong performance from goalie Dwayne Roloson. The team scoring first has won each game in the series. "Obviously its not the way we wanted it to happen. We know how important the first goal has been in the series. They got one, and then two quick, and then after that we kind of stopped playing," Pittsburghs Maxime Talbot said. "Unacceptable in the playoffs." Thats the same way the Lightning felt following losses at the St. Pete Times Forum in Games 3 and 4. They rallied from 2-0 deficits in both but lost the third game when the Penguins needed just 31 seconds to an answer a tying goal and lost the other in two overtimes. Outshot 159-111 through the first four games, Boucher encouraged his players to shoot more in hopes of creating more opportunities around the net in Game 5. It worked. Four of Tampa Bays goals came on rebounds. "Thats how theyve been. They always keep a lot of guys around the net for screens or tips, and it seemed like (Saturday) everything came back to them and they were able to put them back into the net," said Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was lifted after allowing four goals in 14 shots. "A good thing about the playoffs, whether its 1-0 or its like (Saturday), its still just one loss and we still have a chance to finish it off," Fleury added. "I think everybody is going to forget about it as soon as possible." Still, Tampa Bay feels it has momentum. And, Stamkos emergence in Game 5 was a confidence-builder for the 21-year-old All-Star, who was second in the league with 45 goals during the regular season. The top pick in the 2008 draft was held without a shot during the overtime loss in Game 4, although he felt hadnt played poorly and was on the verge of pulling out of a scoring slump thats lingered since February. After a torrid start to the season, Stamkos entered Saturday with just four goals in his previous 26 games -- none in the playoffs. "We just played with desperation and thats something weve lacked the past couple of games," Stamkos said. "Obviously, it was do or die." His teammates were glad to see him rewarded for perseverance and hard work. "I think hes been playing great this series and making some big plays and its paying off," Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said. "I mean hes really playing well. Its definitely nice for him to get some results. ... I think its going to help him for sure for Game 6." babyliss pro perfect curl uk . The 28-year-old left-hander had been sidelined for more than a year by a shoulder injury. He hasnt pitched since May 19 last season and had surgery in August to repair a capsule tear and remove debris in his rotator cuff and biceps. babyliss procurl . The 28-year-old was removed in the second inning of Thursday nights 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians after Kosuke Fukudomes line drive hit Humber just above his right eye, bruising his face. CLEVELAND -- A glaring problem cost Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double after the Rangers lost an infield popup in the sun as the Cleveland Indians handed Darvish his first major league loss, 4-2 Sunday. Jason Kipnis homered off Darvish (4-1), who struck out a career-high 11 over six innings. Jimenez (3-2) walked four in the first three innings but settled down and permitted only two hits. Johnny Damons pop fell for a leadoff single in the third, leading to a three-run inning. "If the ball goes into the sun, what can you do?" Darvish said through an interpreter. "If this was the first loss ever in my life I would feel different," he said. "But I have experienced many losses. So now, I just prepare for my next game." Darvish signed a $56 million, six-year contract with Texas in January. The Rangers also bid nearly $52 million to gain negotiating rights to the 25-year-old right-hander, who was 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA in Japan. "He pitched well enough to keep us in the game, but we didnt support him with runs," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Sometimes you can throw well and not get results." Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 11th consecutive save. He allowed one hit and was helped by a diving catch by right fielder Shin-Soo Choo on a sinking liner by pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre. The Indians took the series from the two-time defending AL champions, who went 21-4 against them the previous three seasons. Cleveland has won three straight series and leads the AL Central. "We played a terrific series," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Anytime you take two of three from a team like that, its very encouraging." Jimenez was helped out of a two-on, one-out jam in the first when catcher Carlos Santana threw out Josh Hamilton trying to advance to second on a pitch in the dirt. Jimenez then struck out Michael Young with a runner on third. In the third, Jimenez issued three straight two-out walks, but got out of it when Young grounded out. "If we could have put runs on the board when we had opportunities early, it may have been different," Washington said. Jimenez struck out six and walked five overall, using a good breaking ball to put away Texas hitters. He retired 10 in a row before issuing a one-out walk to Mitch Moreland in the seventh. Jimenez finished off his day by striking out Yorvit Torrealba and Alberto Gonzalez. "He was effectively wild,&quuot; Washington said, adding that hes seen Jimenez shut down other good hitting lineups. babyliss pro perfect curl. "That was no fluke. Hes done it before." Texas scored twice in the eighth off reliever Tony Sipp to get within 4-2. Darvish had a little bad luck and fell behind 3-0 in the third. Second baseman Ian Kinsler never saw Damons popup, which dropped about 15 feet from him. Darvish walked Kipnis, then Cabrera grounded a double inches inside the first-base bag, scoring both runners. "It went up in the air, into the sun, and dropped," an upset Kinsler said before walking away from reporters. Actas mood was much brighter after Clevelands second straight Sunday win aided by the sun. One week ago, nine-time Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter lost a fly ball hit by Cabrera in a win over the Los Angeles Angels. "We got another sun ball," Acta said. "It was a Sunday sun ball back-to-back." After Cabreras double, Darvish struck out Travis Hafner and Santana before Choo hit a grounder to the left side. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus made a backhand stop in the hole and a leaping throw to first, but sailed the ball into the stands. Choo got credit for a single, and Cabrera scored on the error to make it 3-0. "That ball dropped and the next thing you know, they had three runs," Washington said. "But all of our problems could be solved if we would just drive in some runs in situations. The name of the game is scoring runs." Kipnis hit his fifth homer leading off the fifth, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. It was only the second homer allowed by Darvish. Darvish gave up three earned runs and six hits, walking four. "What impresses me the most is his secondary stuff," Acta said. "That slider and curveball, guys take some awful swings against him. We have a lot of guys in the league who can throw in the mid-90s, but not many who can spin the ball like that." NOTES: Andrus went 1 for 2 with two walks. He has hit safely in all 26 career games against Cleveland. ... Cabrera is hitting .385 (25 of 65) over his last 16 games. ... Texas bullpen has a 1.62 ERA over its last 12 games. ... Beltres three-run homer in the 11th inning Saturday was the first allowed by a Cleveland pitcher to a pinch-hitter in extra innings since Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson connected it for Baltimore off LHP Dave LaRoche on April 19, 1977. It was the first pinch-hit homer given up in extra innings by an Indians pitcher at home since RHP Frank Funk served one up to Kansas Citys Leo Posada on June 12, 1961. ' ' '

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