Tampa wants to step up: Seems strange for a team that’s up 3-0 in the series, but the Lightning are the club that’s unhappy with the last game’s effort. They held a team meeting and video session Thursday morning in which they went over the lackluster effort the previous night that still netted them a win.
They want to raise it up a notch Thursday night.
"Yeah, absolutely," star defenseman Victor Hedman said Thursday morning. "We looked on video today that that was not our best game yesterday. Our desperation level wasn’t high enough last night. Obviously, we need to improve that tonight. We know they’re going to come out the same way they did yesterday. We know it’s going to be a tough game. If we’re able to turn things around and play to our strengths, I like our chances."
Added fellow blueliner Jason Garrison: "Guys know that we snuck away with one. We made sure we watched video and learned from our mistakes from last night. We have to make sure that we put a full game together tonight."
The message from coach Jon Cooper to his players?
"The message was clear: He wasn’t too happy with the way that we played for parts of that game," said Garrison. "We can’t give them life. We have to make sure we’re playing to our capabilities and put pressure on them."
Clutch Tyler: Tyler Johnson’s buzzer beater Wednesday night was his playoff-leading eighth of the postseason, and so many of them have been huge ones.
Garrison was asked what stands out about Johnson.
"What stands out the most other than he’s short?" said Garrison, chuckling. "No, he’s such a hard worker. He’s super-competitive. And he can put the puck in the net when he needs to."
Terrific Bishop: Bolts goalie Ben Bishop has stopped 100 of 104 shots in this series. He has a .937 save percentage for the entire playoffs.
"I think Bish has been our MVP," said Garrison. "He’s No. 1 for our defensive core. As a defenseman and the rest of us, we have to make sure we play better in front of him and not let him have to make those big saves like he has had to in this series."
Paquette a game-time decision: Neither the Lightning nor Habs held morning skates Thursday given the tight turnaround, but Lightning winger Cedric Paquette did skate with the extras.
Cooper said Paquette, who missed Game 3 with an undisclosed injury, would be a game-time decision.
The Canadiens did not have media availability Thursday morning, but coach Michel Therrien was to meet with the media pregame.
UPDATE (7:05 p.m. ET): Morrow is out, and Drouin and Paquette are in. Drouin will play on a line with Boyle and Namestnikov, while Paquette will play with Filppula and Brown.
Victor Hedman–Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison-Braydon Coburn