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Canadiens vs. Lightning: Game Six— Thread, roster & lines

The Montreal Canadiens are in Tampa Bay tonight to resume a determined effort that has them back in this series.

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"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.

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.

In Canada (English): CBC
In Canada (French):  TVA Sports
In the United States: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
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
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Tom Gilbert Nathan Beaulieu
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra,  Sergei Gonchar, Brian Flynn, Greg Pateryn

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Killorn Valterri Filpula Steven Stamkos
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Cedric Paquette Brian Boyle J.T. Brown
Brenden Morrow --- Jonathan Marchessault
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Braydon Coburn
Matthew Carle Andrej Sustr
Nikita Nesterov ---
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevski

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Namestnikov, Jonathan Drouin
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Ryan Callahan

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