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Changes on defense for Lightning, Canadiens

by Chris Stevenson

MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are using seven defensemen in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Nikita Nesterov is the seventh defenseman; the Lightning scratched center Vladislav Namestnikov. It is Nesterov's first game of the series.

Forward Jonathan Drouin, who played Games 3 and 4 in Tampa Bay, was scratched in favor of veteran Brenden Morrow.

Also, Valtteri Filppula is centering Tampa Bay's first line with Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos, who has moved to wing.

The Lightning used seven defenseman during their first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings, which they won in seven games.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu returned from an upper-body injury. Greg Pateryn, who played the four previous games in this series and seven in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, was scratched.

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