NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Stream Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 5 live tonight
If they win, the Lightning will become the NHL Champions for a second straight year. The game streams on NBC and Peacock, no cable required.
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The Stanley Cup Finals continue tonight as the Montreal Canadiens battle the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5. The Lightning took the first three games before the Canadiens made it a series by winning Game 4 in Montreal. Now the action moves back to Tampa Bay where the Canadiens hope to build momentum (and stave off elimination) with a second win. If Tampa Bay prevails, it'll hoist the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals series will be broadcast on NBC tonight, which is available on some live TV streaming services. Fans can also stream the game live on Peacock starting at $5 per month. Here's everything you need to know.
The Lightning has the home-ice advantage by virtue of finishing the regular season with a better record than the Canadiens. The series opened in Tampa Bay for the first two games, Games 3 and 4 took place in Montreal and afterward home ice alternates every game. Here's the full remaining schedule:
Wednesday, July 7
Game 5: Canadiens at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET on NBC/Peacock (Lightning leads series 3-1)
Friday, July 9
Game 6*: Lightning at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET on NBC/Peacock
Sunday, July 11
Game 7*: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. ET on NBC/Peacock
How can I watch the Stanley Cup Finals without cable?
You don't need cable or satellite TV to watch the action on the ice. The most affordable streaming option is NBC's Peacock service, which will carry the entire series live. Peacock's basic tier is free, but to watch the Stanley Cup Finals you'll need to subscribe to the Premium version starting at $5 per month.
Peacock offers three tiers: a limited free plan and two Premium plans. The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium plan costs $10 a month. You need one of the Premium plans to watch the Stanley Cup Finals games live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier. Read our Peacock review.