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Montreal vs. Tampa Bay: Games 4 and 5 Recap

The series between the Lightning and Canadiens is now at 3-2 after the past two games. The Canadiens are really pushing for a comeback, while the Lightning try to hang on to their lead and advance in the playoffs. Tuesday night will be the big game six hosted in Florida at eight o’clock. Will the Bolts be able to take it then?

Game 4:

During game four, the goalies really made a huge difference. ultimately though, the Canadiens ended up beating the Lightning and avoiding elimination. The score may come across impressive but, the Canadiens didn’t really play any stronger than any other night in the series. What they did do, was act upon all of the chances they were given. Shortly after Andrei Markov scored his early first period goal, he was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. Tampa had a great chance to score here on the power play but, the opposite happened. Max Pacioretty from the Canadiens beat Tampa defense to a loose puck and scored on a partial breakaway. Following that, Montreal only built up.

 

The final ended up being 6-2 in favor of the Canadiens. They really took chances on the opportunities they were given, and truly finished. They really are refusing to give up on their road to the Stanley Cup.

 

Game 5:

There was an opportunity for Tampa Bay to continue their playoff journey by winning game five but, they weren’t able to pull it off. The lightning lost 2-1 to the Canadiens and are now looking at a game 6 this Tuesday.

 

While Montreal was able to avoid elimination, this is the second series loss in a row for Tampa. It was 1-0 Canadiens going into the third but, it wasn’t long before the Bolts tied it up thanks to Steven Stamkos. Sadly for the Lightning who thought they had evened the playing field, P.K. Subban set up a pass to P.A. Parenteau from the blue line. Parenteau then scored a game winning goal just a few minutes after the Tampa Bay’s goal.

 

The final score of this game was 2-1 in the Canadiens’ favor. They resisted elimination and forced a game 6 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Canadiens are continuing to fight and aren’t letting down one bit. They are really capitalizing on their opportunities and refuse to give up. It’ll be interesting to see who will pull out a win on Tuesday night’s game. Will there be a game seven? Is this the end of the road for the Canadiens? And like asked before, will Tampa Bay be able to take it in only six?

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