Tampa Bay Lightning (57-28-8) at Montreal Canadiens (55-26-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 9, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -116 / Tampa Bay Lightning +105 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canadiens look to extend the series for the second straight contest as the teams head back to Montreal for game five.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had beaten the Canadiens in every single match up this season heading into a possible series clinching game four in Tampa on Thursday night having previously gone 8-0, but with their season on the line the Habs finally showed up and broke out offensively against Ben Bishop. Tampa had been getting all of the breaks through the first three games and aside from a thrashing in game two this series could easily have gone either way but on Thursday it was Montreal's turn to lay the lumber on the scoreboard and now they head back home with a chance to force a game six back in Florida. The Bolts don't need to panic and while they know getting the fourth win of a series is the toughest to get they can't get away from what has been working and if they can get their offense back into a groove and Bishop responds with a better effort the Bolts could very well end things tonight.
Montreal played one of their best games of the season on Thursday and it is only fitting that they needed a big time effort to keep their Cup aspirations alive and now they head back home to play in front of what should be a crazy atmosphere in Montreal. The Canadiens finished with the better record of these two teams in the regular season despite Tampa winning all five contests against them and while it looked like it may not play a huge role the home ice advantage could be big in this one and if Montreal wants to extend the series they'll need to harness the energy in the building and transfer it onto the ice. I think for at least one more night we see why Carey Price and the Habs were considered a favourite in the East coming into the playoffs and getting them at this price is a gift.