The Tampa Bay Lightning owned the NHL’s best home record during the regular season, but have struggled on home ice in the playoffs.
The Bolts went at 32-8-1 at Amalie Arena, but are 3-5 in the in the postseason.
According to veteran Brenden Morrow, the Lightning have not played their best hockey through five games of their series with the Habs.
“Law of averages, our A-game has to come out here pretty soon,” Morrow said on Sunday. “We haven’t had our best stuff yet, but I think we still believe our team’s best hockey matches up pretty good against any team’s best hockey. We have to find a way to muster it up.”
After taking a commanding 3-0 series lead, the league’s top offensive team during the regular season has struggled to beat Carey Price scoring just three times in back-to-back losses.
“We had a real tough emotional series against Detroit and there may be a bit of a hangover from that ‘cause we haven’t played our best hockey,” said Morrow, who has played four of the five games in the series. “Hopefully we come out with our best effort in Game 6.”
Defenseman Victor Hedman believes Bolts’ third period on Saturday night gives the team something to build on heading into Tuesday’s Game 6.
“Just for us to calm down a little bit with the puck,” said Hedman of what needs to change. “Trying to force plays, use our strengths, play to our strengths, use our speed and get pucks deep.
“If we turn pucks over, that plays right into their system and they’re a great defensive team. Turnovers (are) going to cost you. I think last game was a step in the right direction, especially in the third period with the way we played. We created a lot of chances and got the tying goal by Stammer.”
Puck drop on Tuesday is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on NBCSN.