Once again the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the lion's den with the formidable task of taking on the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montréal. One truth that goes with them and the Habs to this contest is that the Lightning are on the cusp of moving forward in the playoffs while the Canadiens face the brink of elimination from playoff contention.
The series has been a bi-polar spectacle in that the Atlantic Division Finals have been either very close or lop-sided in the 4 games between the two clubs. A close contest is more likely for the evening. A truth that remains is the Canadiens are in another must-win situation while the Lightning want to show the world that game 4 wasn't the series shift that the media narrative has tried to make it.
The Montreal Canadiens are one loss away from the end of their season. The club battled the pressure and the Tampa Bay Lightning to push a sixth game in their second round series after a 2-1 win on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning showed up for half of one period and got the result they deserved -- a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5, as the series lead shrinks to 3-2 and the series shifts back to Amalie Arena for Game 6.