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Getting to the Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 6

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The Montreal Canadiens have taken the last two games from the Lightning, who had raced to a 3-0 series lead. It's a series again.

Canadiens make it a series
Canadiens make it a series
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Tampa Bay once led this series 3-0, but Montreal stayed alive with a 6-2 victory in Game 4 and then took an overtime thriller 2-1. Are the Canadiens now in the heads of the Lightning? Is Tampa in the midst of an epic collapse or is Montreal just a tough cookie to crumble?

Have fun watching the game. Trash talking is encouraged.

Momentum

Canadiens coach Michel Therrian told NHL.com that momentum is key for his squad right now.

"Momentum, it's confidence," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "You have to work really, really hard to get momentum and I think our players, our team, I like the commitment from everyone. So this is something that as a coach I'm proud about my players. They're committed to their team, they're committed to their teammates and we've got our backs against the wall again this year. We're reacting the right way. We're reacting with confidence that we're capable to accomplish what we're supposed to do every game, and this is what they did in a tough position in Game 4, and in another tougher position in Game 5, and I know our team is going to be well prepared and the only thing we're looking for is to force Game 7 in Montreal."

Game 5 highlights

Who the heck are the Habs?

I recently noticed that people keep referring to the Montreal Canadiens as the Habs. Since this made no sense at all to this recent hockey convert, I decided do go into heavy research mode to find out the reason. That's right. I did a 'why are the Canadiens the Habs' Google search.

The good folks at ProIceHockey.about.com answered my question with the following...

Habs is an abbreviation of "les habitants," the informal name given to the original settlers of New France, dating back to the 17th Century. So it's a natural fit for the The Montreal Canadiens, established in 1909 and marketed as a French-Canadian hockey team.

So it's a French thing? I should have known.