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Canadiens @ Lightning Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Canadiens try to make it a series on the road.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

2021 Stanley Cup Final Game 5

Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning

TBL leads 3-1

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBC
Streaming: Live, Sportsnet Now

Nearly everyone expected the season to be over by now. The Lightning were proving too tough for the Canadiens in the first three games, with wins by multiple goals each time. But finally, the Canadiens managed to limit Tampa Bay’s offence despite their most undisciplined game of the series, and the Stanley Cup was put back in its case following an overtime win for Montreal.

The Habs have one win under their belt, and need three more to be the ones to hoist the trophy on July 11. Unlike the mayor of Tampa, they would have to qualms about doing so away from their fans if they managed to realize that.

To keep the run going the lineup has been left intact, and barring a particularly bad performance in a win we may see the same 18 skaters the rest of the way, whether that run ends tonight or in several days’ time. It’s hard to argue the current group doesn’t deserve a chance to replicate the result from Game 4, but they all need to play even better than they did on Monday night.

Expect another quality outing from Carey Price in net, the usual calm, clutch play from Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, and hopefully several other key contributions from the remainder of the lineup to bring the series back to Montreal for Game 6.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Toffoli Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Josh Anderson Nick Suzuki Cole Caufield
Paul Byron Jake Evans Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Armia Eric Staal Corey Perry


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Alexander Romanov Brett Kulak


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen


F: Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Tomas Tatar, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, Xavier Ouellet,
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau


F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence)

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Ross Colton Anthony Cirelli Steven Stamkos
Blake Coleman Yanni Gourde Barclay Goodrow
Pat Maroon Tyler Johnson Mathieu Joseph


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev David Savard


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Andrei Vasilevskiy Curtis McElhinney