A late goal and a sparkling performance in net led the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5, keeping the Canadiens alive for at least one more game in the playoffs.
The series will shift back to Tampa Bay for Game 6, with the Lightning leading 3-2.
Carey Price was the star for Montreal, making 24 saves on 25 shots in the win. His team had the luxury of playing with a 1-0 lead for most of the game, after Devante Smith-Pelly scored midway through the first period.
Tampa Bay pushed back a little after the goal, but Montreal made sure they couldn't produce any offensive momentum. Through the last two periods, the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 19-16.
The much-maligned Steven Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a sliver of hope in the third, when he scored his second goal of the playoffs on his first shot in two games. But as the period wound down, a great play by P.K. Subban led to a game-winning goal from P.A. Parenteau to send the series back to Florida.
3 things we learned
1. P.K. Subban is quite the catalyst
Subban chose Game 5 to show off his terrific puck skills, particularly in the third period. Montreal displayed exceptional puck movement and zone entries throughout, largely due to Subban's excellent timing and passing. It was his move that led to Parenteau's game-winning goal late in the third period.
2. Stamkos shows up when it counts.
After the CBC showed a running timer of the last time he made a shot on net, the Lightning captain finally got his second goal of the playoffs at the best possible time. It was Stamkos' score midway through the third period that gave Tampa Bay a shot at winning the game.
3. Carey Price is amazing.
But we already knew that, didn't we?
Price robs Filppula pic.twitter.com/cfUDCXmN7e— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 10, 2015