LIGHTNING @ CANADIENS – Round 2 – Game 5
Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2
The Canadiens will try to push their second round series against the Lightning to the limit on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Saturday at the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien’s troops forced a Game 6 after initially trailing a series 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. Pierre-Alexandre scored the game-winner in the 2-1 decision, also picking up his first playoff goal in a Canadiens uniform.
Devante Smith-Pelly also opened the scoring with his first postseason marker in Montreal. Smith-Pelly and Parenteau join 14 other Habs who have already found the back of the net this spring. Only Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn and Jacob De La Rose remain off the scoreboard.
Steven Stamkos was the sole Lightning goalscorer on Saturday, as Carey Price has now allowed just five goals to the regular season’s most dangerous offense over the three previous games.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper will have to make a change to his lineup on Tuesday after Ryan Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy on Monday night. Based on the lines featured at the morning skate, it appears that Jonathan Marchessault could be in the lineup for Tampa Bay. It will be a game-time decision. Therrien meanwhile is expected to ice the same squad as in Game 5, leaving Brian Flynn, Sergei Gonchar, Mike Weaver, Manny Malhotra and Greg Pateryn as the healthy scratches for Montreal.
The Canadiens have fallen behind 2-3 in a series 31 times in franchise history, but have comeback to win eight times, including against the Boston Bruins a year ago.
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