Canadiens top the Senators
For just the third time all season the Montreal Canadiens scored four goals or more in back-to-back victories when they defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at the Bell Centre.
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and Jeff Petry and Tomas Plekanec were also on target as the Canadiens, 10001.00 to win the Stanley Cup outright, successfully followed their 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
Despite the win Montreal languish in the depths of the Atlantic Division, tied with the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings for fourth place and 15 points adrift of the Toronto Maple Leafs in third place.
Technically just seven points outside of a playoff place, the second Wild Card currently occupied by the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens have little realistic chance to make the postseason with the entire Metropolitan Division ahead of them in the standings.
Coincidently the Flyers are next on the slate for Montreal on Thursday when the Canadiens make a brief one-game road trip to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
It's then back home to entertain the Nashville Predators over the weekend before Montreal embark on a four-game road trip that takes in the Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights before ending back in Philadelphia once more against the Flyers.
Atop the Atlantic Division, the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3.25 to win the Stanley Cup, have won two in a row and lead the Boston Bruins by five points. Tampa have played two more games than the Bruins and return to the ice to face the Oilers in Edmonton on Monday while Boston have the night off before matching up with the Red Wings in downtown Detroit on Tuesday.
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