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Habs’ Beaulieu available for Game 5

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Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is available to the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5 tonight.

Beaulieu has been sidelined with an upper body injury since Game 3 of the Habs’ first round series with the Ottawa Senators following a hit from Erik Karlsson.

The 22-year-old has one assist in three Stanley Cup playoff games while averaging 12:18 in time on ice.

Michel Therrien would not confirm whether the blue liner would be in the lineup for tonight’s must-win contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens
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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Lightning at Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Montreal Canadiens will try to stave off elimination once again tonight as their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning switches to the Bell Centre for Game 5. The Habs thumped the Bolts 6-2 on Thursday night – it was Montreal’s first win against Tampa this season.

The Bolts have won five straight at the Bell Centre in 2015 out-scoring the Habs 18-8 in those games.

Only four teams have ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. The L.A. Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks in seven games last spring after trailing 3-0 in the series.

Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick will get things started at 6:00 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti have the call from Montreal at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cooper replies to Subban’s ‘horseshoe’ remark about Bishop

Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens - Game One

The Montreal Canadiens finally got to Ben Bishop last night — chasing him with three goals on 14 shots — and, afterward, P.K. Subban took a bit of a shot at the Bolts netminder.

“I think Bishop sort of was sitting on a horseshoe for a little bit there,” Subban said, per CP. “He’s played well, but he’s been lucky, as well.

“I think seeing him being pulled out of the net is a confidence booster for our team.”

Today, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper addressed the remarks.

“He may be right — or Ben might be a good goalie,” Cooper said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “P.K. is a character, he’s a fun guy to have in the league for statements like that.”

Bishop had been brilliant through the first three games of this series — all Lightning wins, not coincidentally. He stopped 100 of 104 shots (a .961 save percentage), highlighted by a Game 1 performance in which he made 43 saves in a double-OT win.

If there has been a knock on Bishop this postseason, though, it’s a penchant for letting in shaky goals. He essentially scored in his own net in Game 4 of the Detroit series and, in the opener of this series, flubbed a Max Pacioretty shot in the third period, which sent the contest to OT:

Last night, another questionable goal, this time off the stick of David Desharnais:

Despite those goals, Bishop’s overall numbers this postseason are off-the-charts good (7-4-0, .930 save percentage, 1.86 GAA) and he’s saved some of his best performances for the most crucial times, like his 31-save shutout in Game 7 of the Red Wings series.

Which is probably why Cooper had Bishop’s back after last night’s rough outing.

“It’s not his fault,” Cooper said of the Game 4 loss. “He’s played a lot of hockey. I thought maybe we’d get a spark out of [pulling him]. But it definitely wasn’t because of Bishop’s play.”