Capitals vs Canadiens : The Montreal Canadiens stayed in the Wild Card hunt with a 4-2 win versus visiting Tampa Bay on Tuesday for their second straight win. The Capitals and Montreal Canadiens meet next Thursday in a preview of a potential Stanley Cup playoff first-round matchup. The Capitals will come home to host the Montreal Canadiens in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Thursday NHL action pits the Washington Capitals against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Montreal Canadiens stayed in the Wild Card hunt with a 4-2 win versus visiting Tampa Bay on Tuesday for their second straight win. Tampa Bay received a first period goal from Steven Stamkos with Cedric Paquette scoring in the third. Rookie Eddie Pasquale gave up four goals on 41 shots to fall to 1-1.
Nate Thompson, Joel Armia, Arturri Lehkonen and Max Domi provided goals for the Canadiens. Jordie Benn assisted twice for Montreal who received 22 saves from Carey Price.
The Washington Capitals saw their four game winning streak end in a 5-3 loss at Florida on Monday. Evegeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana scored three straight third period goals for Washington. TJ Oshie assisted twice for the Capitals and Pheonix Copley allowed four goals on 33 shots.
The Panthers received first period goals from Frank Vatrano, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck and Troy Brouwer with Trocheck netting his second on a third period empty netter. Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for Florida and Roberto Luongo gave up three goals on 30 shots to get the win.
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Despite a comeback effort, the Capitals dropped a 4-3 decision to the Panthers Monday, ending their four-game winning streak and taking away a chance to clinch the Metropolitan Division.
Still, this week the Caps secured home-ice advantage for the first round and still have a chance to take the division crown in these final two games.
Ultimately, though, a victory will be tough against a Canadiens team that must win their final two games if they want to have a chance of making the playoffs and taking away a wild-card spot.
Here’s how to tune into the Caps’ tilt with the Habs, as well as what you need to know.