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Bishop plans to answer Subban with play in Game 5

by Chris Stevenson

MONTREAL -- Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will be looking to bounce back and eliminate the Montreal Canadiens from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Bell Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

Bishop gave up three goals on 14 shots and was pulled from the Lightning's 6-2 loss in Game 4, which cut their lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference series to 3-1 on Thursday.

After the game, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said Bishop "sort of was sitting on a horseshoe for a little bit there. He's played well, but he's been lucky as well. I think seeing him pulled out of the net is a confidence booster for our team."

Bishop wasn't in the mood to get into a back and forth with Subban on Saturday.

"You're always going to have a little bit of luck here and there. I'll take it, though," Bishop said.

Bishop was asked if he thought Subban's comment was funny or if he took it seriously.

"P.K.'s P.K., you know?" said Bishop, who sounded like he was going to add more before checking himself and saying, "Yeah."

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper shrugged off Bishop's performance and said Bishop and Montreal goaltender Carey Price have had their ups and downs.

Cooper said he didn't think the Canadiens had a breakthrough in confidence because they finally found ways to score on Bishop in Game 4.

"I don't know. Did we have more confidence because we put six on Price in Game 2? I don't think so," Cooper said. "If you look at the body of work, how many times have we played them this year? Nine times. Both goalies have pretty much put on a show. Have there been a couple of hiccups in there? There have been.

"Maybe they are thinking they're going to score more goals, I don't know. I just think there's two really good goalies in the net and it takes a Herculean effort to beat them both. For one night they got a couple past him. I just think game's over, the next one goes. I expect this to be a pretty low-scoring game."

Though much of the focus was on Bishop's performance, Lightning captain Steve Stamkos pointed to their effort in Game 4.

"That could have been one of the worst games we've played in a long time," Stamkos said. "Just little, stupid mistakes, not giving our goaltender a chance, turning pucks over and not playing the way that we want to. When we try to get into that type of game, we've shown that we get beat pretty easily because we don't stick to that structure. We'll get back to that tonight."

There's been focus on Stamkos, as well. He has one goal in the playoffs and has been held without a shot on goal in the past two games. He has that goal and four assists in the past three games.

"I'm not frustrated at all," he said. "I'm excited. We're up 3-1 in the second round of the playoffs. This is what it's about this time of year, is wins. Definitely the furthest thing from frustration for me."

Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson, who leads the Stanley Cup Playoffs with eight goals, said every member of the Lightning is expecting more of themselves in Game 5.

"Everybody has to be better," he said. "You look at the lineup, especially the last game, I would say there were maybe one or two guys who had good games. Everyone has to be better, Stamkos included, myself included.

"We've got to play better. We've got to be more relentless on our forecheck and everything that we do. Montreal's a good team. You have to give them credit. They have been playing well but we definitely have more in the tank for ourselves."

Here are the projected lineups:


Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov

Alex KillornSteven StamkosRyan Callahan

Brian BoyleValtteri FilppulaCedric Paquette

Brenden MorrowVladislav NamestnikovJ.T. Brown

Victor HedmanAnton Stralman

Jason GarrisonBraydon Coburn

Matthew CarleAndrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Nesterov.

Injured: Mattias Ohlund (knee).


Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukDavid DesharnaisDale Weise

Brandon PrustLars EllerPA Parenteau

Jacob De La RoseTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Alexei EmelinJeff Petry

Nathan BeaulieuTom Gilbert

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Brian Flynn, Manny Malhotra, Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar.

Injured: None

Status report: Morrow was scratched for Game 4 and was replaced in the lineup by Drouin. Cooper said Games 3 and 4 being played back-to-back played a role in taking the veteran out of the lineup. "He's a big part of our team and there's a good chance you'll see him again," Cooper said.

Who's hot: Johnson has two goals and three assists in the past four games.

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