MONTREAL – P.A. Parenteau's goal broke a tie with 4 minutes, 7 seconds left, and the Montreal Canadiens skated past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
P.K. Subban slipped the puck to Parenteau for a long shot that beat Ben Bishop high to the glove side.
Montreal's two consecutive victories shaved Tampa Bay's series lead to 3-2. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Florida.
"We don't want this thing to end," Parenteau said. "We worked hard for each other and we got rewarded. We win two games and hopefully it's not over."
The Canadiens are trying to become the fifth team in NHL history to rebound from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, a feat last accomplished last season by Los Angeles.
Devante Smith-Pelley opened the scoring for Montreal midway through the first period, and Steven Stamkos tied it at 9:27 of the third.
"We were confident after Game 3," Smith-Pelly said. "It was a heartbreaker, but we played the right way. As long as we keep that attitude and keep doing what we're doing we'll be all right."
Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens, and Bishop stopped 27 shots for the Lightning.
"We didn't play a full 60 minutes," Bishop said. "We turned it on in the third, but it was a little too late. A couple of days off will be nice."
Smith-Pelly got Montreal on the board 9:03 into the game on an off-wing wrist shot to the top corner that went in and out so quickly it needed video review.
"It seemed to give everyone a shot of adrenaline," Smith-Pelly said. "After that goal everyone was into it, the crowd was into it. It felt good."
Lightning coach Jon Cooper credited Smith-Pelly and Parenteau.
"Those were two great shots," Cooper said. "Smith-Pelly puts it under that bar. Parenteau's was on and off the stick and right under the bar, too. Three goals were scored tonight and the goalies didn't have a chance on all three of them. That's pretty much how it's going go to beat these guys."
Since the start of the series the Canadiens have hit an astonishing number of posts and crossbars, so many that Subban said this week that Bishop was "sitting on a horseshoe." Subban, Parenteau and Jeff Petry all struck the iron in the second period.
Cooper shook up his units, moving Stamkos from center to right wing with Valtteri Filppula up the middle, and it worked.