Lightning stay alive with win over Canadiens

It's obviously not in our hands, but who knows? "We've seen eighth seeds win and vice versa".

Speaking of resting players, the million-dollar question in Montreal is whether they let Carey Price play in the final two games of the regular season. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if Toronto wins either of its two remaining games, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday or against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. The Lightning finished their four-game season series against the Habs going 2-1-1. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves in his third straight start.

Connor Brown broke a tie with 2:48 left and the Maple Leafs ended the Lightning's season short of the playoffs by beating the Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night. "They came out firing and they obviously capitalized on some chances that we gave them, and you've got to give that team credit, they played pretty well tonight".

Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who need to win their final game Sunday against Buffalo and have Toronto and the New York Islanders lose their weekend games to take the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The playoffs begin April 12. Nikita Kucherov has shown how valuable he is to this franchise, scoring his 40 goals this season and putting the Bolts on his back when need be.

The Lightning looked to be in a hopeless situation in an injury-wracked season, but a 19-6-4 push since February 4 has them knocking at the playoff door. The Bolts traveled to Montreal on Friday for the second game of a back-to-back and defeated the Atlantic Division Champion Canadiens 4-2. Matthews' left knee connected with the right knee of Dotchin, and the 19-year-old Maple Leafs star remained down on the ice for a few moments.

Tampa Bay rookie Yanni Gourde pointed to the two points in the standings - not his own two goals.

Kucherov scored after Ondrej Palat's lob pass sent him on a breakaway.

"We've had a lot of guys that have been hurt, but it seems like there has been definitely an urgency in these last 20 games, where we haven't really been even close to a playoff spot and now we're one point away".

The team will make it a fan appreciation night with a special give-away for every fan, autograph sessions at the intermissions, and an opportunity to purchase gear used by the players. I thought that was a big boost.

Cheering on West Island: Killorn, who grew up in Beaconsfield, made it 3-1 for the Lightning at 14:19 of the second period when he blew past Davidson and Nikita Nesterov and beat Price with a lovely forehand move, putting the puck high to the glove side.

  • Julie Sanders