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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Lightning - Game 5 - Round 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

LIGHTNING @ CANADIENS – Round 2 – Game 5

Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1

The Canadiens will try to pull back within a single win of a series tie against the Lightning on Saturday.

Hosting Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Habs now face elimination for a second time in a row following Thursday’s convincing 6-2 win in Tampa.

After struggling on offense since the start of the series, 13 different players registered at least one point in Game 4, while Max Pacioretty (1G, 2A), Alex Galchenyuk (2A) and P.K. Subban (2A) each racked up two or more.

Subban for his part is now ranked fourth among defensemen for points leaguewide, and first among his teammates with one goal and six assists since the start of the playoffs.

Head coach Michel Therrien did not confirm any changes to his lineup following practice on Saturday, but did mention that defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has been cleared to play following an injury suffered in Round 1.

Beaulieu skated in place of Greg Pateryn with Tom Gilbert at practice.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper for his part will dress Brenden Morrow in place of Jonathan Drouin, while Ben Bishop, who was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy following the Canadiens’ third goal on Thursday, will be back in front of the Tampa net.

Despite having never comeback from an 0-3 deficit in franchise history, the Canadiens have gone on to win a pair of series they once trailed 1-3, namely against the Bruins in 2004 and the Capitals in 2010.

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