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Lightning look to close out Canadiens on home ice

Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 8 p.m. NBC

The Stanley Cup Final shifts back to Florida’s Elsa-soaked Gulf Coast for Game 5 of the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning holding a three games to one advantage over the Montreal Canadiens. Les Habitants lived to fight another day with a gritty 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 on Monday, thanks to Josh Anderson’s two-goal performance and 32 saves from Carey Price. Even though they managed to eke out a win, the Habs were outplayed for the most part. The Bolts out-shot them by a 34 to 21 margin and hit the post three times. Tampa Bay had a four-minute power play at the end regulation that carried over into the fourth period, but failed able to capitalize, leaving them a disappointing 0 for 5 with the man advantage at game’s end. Look for the Lightning to be highly motivated to win Game 5, so they can hoist the Cup in front of their home crowd, something they didn’t get to last year in the bubble, and avoid a return trip to Montreal.

Remainder of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final schedule

Game 6: Friday, July 9, 8 p.m., Lightning at Canadiens, NBC (if necessary)

Game 7: Sunday, July 11, 7 p.m., Canadiens at Lightning, NBC (if necessary)

LBC Poll

Who will win tonight?

Tampa Bay Lightning27
Montreal Canadiens6

New Signings

Former Florida Panthers forward Dominic Toninato signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Winnipeg Jets. The deal is two-way in the first season and one-way in the second. (Winnipeg Sun)

The New Jersey Devils inked goaltender Scott Wedgewood to a one-year, two-away contract extension. Wedgewood posted a 3-8-3 record for the Devils in 2020-21. (All About The Jersey)

Defenseman Christian Wolanin signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Los Angeles kings. Wolanin appeared in three games for the Kings after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on March 29. (LA Kings Insider)