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Canadiens vs. Lightning: Game #5

Habs' Devante Smith-Pelly

“It was nice to get some breaks on Thursday. The only difference between Game 3 and Game 4 is that we scored on all of our chances in Game 4. You can say it was the hockey gods, but we worked for all of our bounces. That’s what we’ve got to do tonight. It’s going to be hard, and I don’t expect it to be another high scoring game. I think it’s going to be tight-checking, and those are the games we’re suited for.” – Dale Weise

The Montreal Canadiens made a surprising six to two comeback on Thursday night at the Amalie Arena and Saturday night, the troops grabbed another beautiful two to one comeback against the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice. With the Lightning having a three game lead, the Canadiens still faced possible elimination. However, despite struggling in the offensive department, 13 men in the bleu, blanc, et rouge sweaters registered at least one point in Game Four while Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, and P.K. Subban each racked up around two points each, giving Habs fans everywhere hope for another round in the playoffs.

Devante Smith-Pelly got the first period going with the perfect shot past Ben Bishop at the midway mark (assisted by Torrey Mitchell and Jeff Petry). The Canadiens were able to open up the ice 16 seconds into the game with a four on four play but by the five minute mark, it was the Lightning who were leading four to two in shot attempts with only one shot on goal. However, the Habs were able to take the pressure off of Carey Price and get right back to keeping the pucks in the Tampa zone, despite the Lightning ending the period with a slight advantage (16-13) in shot attempts.

With an early four on three power play, the Canadiens had a good chance to take advantage of puck possession. Despite another power play bust, the Habs were up 27 to 23 in shot attempts and 14 to 10 in shots on goal just ten minutes in. The Lightning were pushing for their first goal of the night, but failed to break through the brick wall that is Carey Price. With 20 minutes left, Montreal would have to really push hard to pave their way to Game Six.

Steven Stamkos tied the game with nine minutes and 27 seconds left of the third period (assisted by Anton Stralman and Alex Killorn) but the battle wasn’t over yet, as P.A. Parenteau (assisted by P.K. Subban) gave the Canadiens their lead back, ending the game two to one and moving on to Game Six.

The Montreal Canadiens face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

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