"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." - Tommy Lasorda
The will to win. The desire to succeed. The fuel to stay alive. Moments like these are made for heroics, for the courageous character to not be shook in the face of insurmountable odds, and to come out victorious.
Down 3-0 less than a week ago, the Canadiens have cut those insurmountable odds in half, and are now 1 game down of making this an even series. Game 4 saw this team put forth one of its most determined efforts of the season, en route to a 6-2 win that re-invigorated an entire fanbase. Game 5 saw this team use the passion of its fans to uplift them to a close 2-1 victory just so we could do it all over again tonight in enemy territory.
The Canadiens are a team playing with all kinds of confidence. Focused on the object of bringing this series back to Montreal for a climactic game 7, the task in front of this team could not be simpler: win tonight. The belief that they can win has been vindicated 2 games in a row after going winless in 8 games against the Lightning before their 6-2 win last Thursday. It can be done again tonight.
#canadiens Michel Therrien: "we are a group that refuse to die." #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 12, 2015
Only 9 times in NHL history has a team that's been down 3-0 in a playoff series come back to force game 7. Only 4 times has that team gone on to win the series. Only once have the Montreal Canadiens forced a 6th game in their franchise history when down 3-0. A fearless effort from the Canadiens in the last 2 games has them adding new lines to the franchise history book, and will take the same tonight, something this team has shown the capacity and togetherness to produce. Relying on each other to inspire the next level of execution that will force the hand of fate to ink a new line in the fabled story of this franchise, the Canadiens can win this game.
The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST. The Lightning will be without Ryan Callahan who had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. He will be replaced by Jonathan Marchessault.
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|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Alex Galchenyuk||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Brandon Prust||Lars Eller||P.A. Parenteau|
|Jacob de la Rose||Torrey Mitchell||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Tom Gilbert||Nathan Beaulieu|
Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra, Sergei Gonchar, Brian Flynn, Greg Pateryn
|Alex Killorn||Valterri Filpula||Steven Stamkos|
|Ondrej Palat||Tyler Johnson||Nikita Kucherov|
|Cedric Paquette||Brian Boyle||J.T. Brown|
|Brenden Morrow||---||Jonathan Marchessault|
|Victor Hedman||Anton Stralman|
|Jason Garrison||Braydon Coburn|
|Matthew Carle||Andrej Sustr|
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Namestnikov, Jonathan Drouin
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Ryan Callahan
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