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Bergenheim steps up game for surging Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Growing up in Finland, Sean Bergenheim envisioned himself someday playing in the NHL and elevating his game during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But never in his wildest dreams did the forward imagine having the kind of impact he has as part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals.

With seven goals in 11 games, the postseason neophyte not only leads his team in playoff goals scored but through Sunday also was tied with Nashville's Joel Ward and Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere for the league lead.

Even more impressive, his production has come as part of the Lightning's third line - instead of one featuring any of Tampa Bay's big three of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos.