Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Parenteau Goal Keeps Canadiens Playoffs Hopes Alive with 2-1 Win over Bolts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Parenteau Goal Keeps Canadiens Playoffs Hopes Alive with 2-1 Win over Bolts

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Parenteau goal lifts Habs over Bolts 2-1

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MONTREAL - What a time for two struggling Montreal Canadiens to get their first goals of the playoffs.

Devante Smith-Pelly got Montreal started and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had the winner with 4:07 left in regulation time in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday that kept the Canadiens playoff hopes alive.

"I hope they showed the replay of the bench, the boys were so fired up," forward Max Pacioretty said of the goals from unexpected sources. "P.A.'s had a lot of chances, especially of late, so to see him get rewarded was great.

"He's an important part of this team. Happy to see him get that break, and same for Devo. It was a great shot. Opened up the scoring. Broke the ice. It shows that anyone on this team can step up."

Steven Stamkos had tied the game at 9:27 of the third period.

The Lightning wasted a second chance to eliminate Montreal, although they still hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven second-round series heading into Game 6 on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.

The Canadiens are in the reverse situation from the opening round, when they got up 3-0 on Ottawa only to lose the next two. They managed to close that one out in Game 6 on a 43-save shutout from Carey Price.

Now it is Tampa on the hotseat, having won three only to lose the next two. Montreal coach Michel Therrien said his team felt tremendous pressure in that same situation.

Tampa coach Jon Cooper got a laugh when he said: "Did you ask that question (about pressure) to coach Therrien after they lost the second game to Ottawa? Whatever his answer was, I'll go with that.

"The only thing missing was that we were a goal short. I thought it was a really entertaining hockey game. You look at the series, there's been a blowout each way and three nailbiters. These are two even teams. …

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