NHL

Penguins top Lightning 2-1 to advance to Stanley Cup Final

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center, celebrates with teammate Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring as Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) skates away during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center, celebrates with teammate Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring as Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) skates away during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center, celebrates with teammate Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring as Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) skates away during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center, celebrates with teammate Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring as Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) skates away during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, takes a shot during a warmup skate before Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Stamkos hasn't played in any playoff games this season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, takes a shot during a warmup skate before Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Stamkos hasn't played in any playoff games this season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.

Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn't enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year. Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.