The Tampa Bay Lightning completed a second straight year of regular season dominance over the Canadiens with a 5-3 win Monday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 0-4-1 in this season’s five games and over the last two seasons have one win in nine games.
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The Canadiens look to extend their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with their first win over the Tampa Bay Lightning this season Monday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens are 0-3-1 so far this season against the Lightning. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens. Ben Bishop for Tampa.
For the third time in four meetings this season the Canadiens and Florida Panthers were forced into overtime. Max Pacioretty’s 36th goal of the season on a power play won the game 3-2 and with the win the Habs clinched a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Hamilton Bulldogs scored two third period power play goals to come from behind for a 2-1 win over the Marlies in Toronto Saturday afternoon. Sven Andrighetto led the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist. The win put the Bulldogs four points ahead of the Marlies in the race for the final playoff spots in the AHL Western Conference.
The Canadiens will try to officially clinch a playoff berth with seven games remaining in their season when they take on the Florida Panthers Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Carey Price will be facing his Olympic Team Canada teammate Roberto Luongo. The Panthers are in a battle for the final Wild Card playoff spot with Boston and Ottawa.
Evan Rankin’s second goal of the game at 2:39 of overtime spoiled a Hamilton Bulldogs comeback bid and gave the Rochester Americans a 3-2 win Friday night at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The loss damaged Bulldogs chances of avoiding missing the American Hockey League playoffs for the fourth straight season.
The Canadiens dropped a 5-2 decision in Winnipeg Thursday night and fell from first to fourth in the tight POresident’s Trophy race for overall league points supremacy. The game was dominated by the goaltending; the excellence of Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec and a less thatn stellar effort from Canadiens backup Dustin Tokarski.
The Canadiens complete their brief two game road trip in Winnipeg Thursday night. They continue to hold their slim one point lead in the overall league standings over four teams. Dustin Tokarski will be in goal for the Canadiens. Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg.
Veteran Nick Sorkin broke a 1-1 tie with just over seven minutes remaining and the Hamilton Bulldogs survived two subsequent Adirondack Flames power plays to squeeze out a 2-1 victory at Glens Falls Wednesday night. The win moved the Bulldogs into the eighth and final playoff position in the AHL’s Western Conference ahead of Toronto and Adirondack.
With a single point in the 3-2 overtime loss in Nashville the Canadiens became the first NHL team to reach the 100 point plateau for the season. The victory left the Habs in first place in the overall league standings with four teams a point behind them including Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay.,