NHL Playoffs Daily 2021: Tampa Bay Lightning on verge of closing out the Carolina Hurricanes

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The Canadiens are the first team through to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Will the Lightning join them Tuesday? Get caught up on all the series here.
Cole Caufield passes it in front to Tyler Toffoli, who buries the Jets with an overtime winner to complete the Canadiens' four-game sweep. (0:26)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to eliminate the Carolina Hurricanes, though playing in front of their home crowd may be the boost the Hurricanes needs to keep their season alive. Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche will try to find their game again in Denver after the Vegas Golden Knights put on a show during Games 3 and 4 at T-Mobile Arena.

And last night? The Montreal Canadiens became the first team to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup semifinals -- just as we all predicted, right? -- while the New York Islanders pushed the Boston Bruins to the brink of elimination.

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Tuesday's games

Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes | 6:30 p.m. ET (Lightning lead 3-1)

The Lightning have a chance to close out the Hurricanes, but it's never easy to win at PNC Arena. The Canes won 20 of 28 regular-season games at home, and three of five in the playoffs. For Carolina, it's essential to stay disciplined, as the Lightning's power play is on fire. Tampa Bay is 6-for-14 (a whopping 42.9%) in this series. Carolina may be getting a boost as Nino Niederreiter -- who has missed all four games in this series -- was back on the ice practicing on Monday. Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour sounded more optimistic about Niederreiter than his other two injured forwards, Vincent Trocheck and Warren Foegele, who remain game-time decisions.

"You know there is no tomorrow. This is it. You've got to lay it all on the line," Brind'Amour said. "I'm sure we'll give it everything we've got. I've got no doubt in this group."

Game 5: Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche | 9 p.m. ET (tied 2-2)

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