Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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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


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.”

Petry: ‘Hope is definitely alive’ for Habs

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The Montreal Canadiens didn’t just avoid a sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 last night; they crushed the Bolts.

Really, it’s kind of difficult to begrudge them their swagger on Friday morning, either.

Montreal has taken the shot advantage in three straight games, generating a whopping 100-67 edge over Tampa Bay in the past three contests. Bounces don’t always go your way, and until last night, Ben Bishop and a handful of Lightning forwards made the difference earlier in this series.

The Habs defiantly said “not yet” on Thursday, and it’s clear that they aren’t intimidated by this challenge. Either that, or they’re putting on a convincingly brave face.

“Momentum in hockey can change quick,” Michel Therrien noted to the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

For P.K. Subban, it’s simply not time to golf.

Therrien noted that he believes the Canadiens are a tough team to play against, and that the Lightning should expect no less in Game 5 on Saturday. One wouldn’t put it past Montreal to make things a lot more interesting, especially if they aren’t too concerned about this current deficit.


Stamkos: “We got what was coming.”

PHT Morning Skate: Jimmy Fallon tabs Alex Ovechkin as a Bond villain


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jacob Markstrom was one of the most notable players involved in the sixth-longest game in AHL history. (Puck Daddy)

Ten amazing rookie playoff performances from the past 10 years, or “Cam Ward gets to be on a flattering list.” (The Hockey News)

Get to know high-end 2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews. (Sportsnet)

P.K. Subban isn’t ready to golf just yet.

“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” took a lengthy look at the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with a superlatives segment, which amounts to a lot of NHL player mugshot jokes. We shall now refer to Brian Boyle as “The Disney Prince.”

The Alex Ovechkin – Bond villain comparison seems oddly familiar, though, doesn’t it?

Finally, it’s Friday. Get excited.

Stamkos: ‘We got what was coming’


Tampa Bay still has a 3-1 lead in their second round series against the Montreal Canadiens even after Montreal’s 6-2 win tonight, but the Lightning have cause for concern.

Obviously Montreal’s a great team with Carey Price between the pipes and P.K. Subban leading the defense, but that’s not the only consideration. The Lightning barely won in the first and third games of this series and in the case of the latter, it wasn’t their best work. So while Tampa Bay came into the night with a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, this series hadn’t been nearly as one-sided as the 3-0 lead suggested.

“We got what was coming,” Stamkos told Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith.

“We just have to be better…We’re not good enough the last couple games,” he added, per’s Bryan Burns.

Stamkos’ play in particular remains troubling for the Lightning. To be fair, he’s on a three-game point streak and it’s not like he’s the reason the Lightning lost Thursday night. At the same time, he hasn’t recorded a shot on goal in the last two games of this series. Combine that with the fact that he’s only scored one goal in the 2015 playoffs and it becomes fair to say that more is expected from him.

Tampa Bay will get another shot to end this series on Saturday. The Canadiens clearly won’t go down quietly though, so unless the Lightning step up their game, they might run into problems.