The Montreal Canadiens will get to skate in front of their home fans thanks to a 4-3 victory in Game Five, a win that gave them life in the first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto still leads the series 3-2.
The Quebec government is expected to permit some 2,500 fans into the Bell Centre for Game Six, which will take place Saturday. This will be the first NHL crowd in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic took over in March of 2020.
The Maple Leafs are still looking to win their first playoff series since 2004 and would like nothing more than to quiet the Montreal crowd.
Nick Suzuki had the winner Thursday, sealing the deal just under a minute into overtime.
Joel Armia opened the scoring with two goals in the first period and Jesperi Kotkaniemi made it 3-0 for the Habs with a tally at 4:52 of the second period.
Toronto came back with three unanswered goals to tie the contest, though. Zach Hyman and Jake Muzzin scored for the Maple Leafs.
Toronto outshot Montreal 35-30 in Game Five. Both teams were blanked on one power play opportunity.
The Maple Leafs got a boost of morale thanks to an appearance by the injured John Tavares, who was in attendance for Game Five. He took the ice for around 20 minutes prior to the game.
Nick Foligno missed a third straight game for Toronto thanks to a lower body injury, but Rasmus Sandin was back in the fold for Travis Dermott after a healthy scratch kept him out of Tuesday’s action.
The winner of this series will face the Winnipeg Jets in the second round. The Jets swept the Edmonton Oilers out of the first round of the playoffs and should be well-rested going into their next series.