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First Round, Gamethread #5: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning

Today, on national television, the New Jersey Devils must beat the Tampa Bay Lightning - or go home. Game 5 is a must-win game for the Devils. This post is a Gamethread, a place where Devils fans can discuss this truly important game as it happens.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils - Game Four
The Devils need to win this game to avoid elimination. They must literally rise up.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This a must-win in the literal sense. Otherwise: the 2017-18 campaign is over.

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (1) at the Tampa Bay Lightning (3, SBN Blog: Raw Charge)

The Time: 3:00 PM ET

The Broadcast: National TV - NBC, NBCSN (locals should have it on NBC, otherwise check NBCSN), TVAS2, SN360; Digital Audio - The One Jersey Network

The Series Preview: I wrote a MASSIVE series preview, so go check that out in case you’re new to this.

The Song for Today: From the 1991 classic album Human, this is “Lack of Comprehension” by Death. The calm opening leads to a brutal crusher of a song.

The Rules: The rules remain the rules even as the Devils are still in the playoffs and are staving off elimination. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams, no streams at all), and all about the game itself. Other scores are OK, but let’s make sure the comments here are primarily about the Devils and this game. Also, let’s respect each other, there’s no need for drama or unwelcome nature of any sort. This is a gamethread, let’s focus on the game. Thank you for reading. Go Devils!