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Lightning look to close out Canadiens in Game 5 for Stanley Cup

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Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) shoots and scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the overtime period in game four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at the Bell Centre.
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The Montreal Canadiens got their consolation prize on Monday night, taking Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in overtime over the Tampa Bay Lightning, getting their first win of the series, and extending their season and the championship round for at least another game.

Granted, that comes in the form of Game 5 back at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena where the defending Stanley Cup champions will be looking to retain their title for at least another year.

“It’s hard enough just to beat a team, let alone to take them out in four, and we’re in the Stanley Cup Final,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s two good hockey teams playing each other, and the series was meant to go more than four games.”

The Lightning have been unbeatable after losing a game in the postseason, going 6-0 during their current run to the Cup Final following a loss. Dating back to last postseason, that record is an astounding 12-0.

That leaves the Canadiens with the near-impossible task of winning a second-straight playoff game against Tampa Bay where they’ll hope to continue administering a physical style of play in an attempt to wear them down.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) skates in front as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a glove save during the third period in game four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ve talked about wearing teams down,” Montreal winger Corey Perry said. “Every night you have to continue to do the small, little things — keep putting the puck in deep, banging the body. It takes a toll on guys.”

Granted, that’s long been the blueprint for any team that’s faced the Lightning in the playoffs. And while the New York Islanders best exhibited the formula, even they couldn’t get past Tampa for a second straight year in the semifinal phase, bowing out in seven games.

Needless to say, the oddsmakers have understandably made the Lightning favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup on their home ice on Wednesday night in Tampa Bay:

Stanley Cup Game 5 odds

Puck Line

  • Canadiens: +1.5
  • Lightning: -1.5

 

Total Goals

  • Over 5: -130
  • Under 5: +108

 

Moneyline

  • Canadiens: +185
  • Lightning: -220

 

To Score

  • Nikita Kucherov (TBL): +138
  • Brayden Point (TBL): +145
  • Steven Stamkos (TBL): +175
  • Anthony Cirelli (TBL): +215
  • Alex Killorn (TBL): +225
  • Ondrej Palat (TBL): +225
  • Tyler Toffoli (MTL): +240

 

Conn Smythe Trophy Winner

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL): -125
  • Nikita Kucherov (TBL): -106
  • Brayden Point (TBL): +1000
  • Carey Price (MTL): +1100
  • Steven Stamkos (TBL): +4000
  • Victor Hedman (TBL): +5000
  • Nick Suzuki (MTL): +5000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

 

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