Gourde scores two as Bolts top Habs 4-2

Apr 09, 2017, 01:57

However, with first place in the Atlantic Division already clinched and only one more road game remaining in the regular season, fans couldn't have been too upset following a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dwight King and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Canadiens.

Lightning stays alive: The win kept the Lightning's playoff hopes alive and if you're wondering how they've done it without Steven Stamkos - who has been out since November 15 with a knee injury - look no further than Kucherov. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 38 goals, Jonathan Drouin has 32 assists and Tyler Johnson has 130 shots on goal.

The Lightning host the Buffalo Sabres for their final regular season Game Sunday night at Amalie Arena. Ondrej Palat sent a Hail Mary pass through from inside his own end to Kucherov at the Canadiens' blue line, who then sniped his 40th goal of the season from the bottom of the left circle. The Lightning are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.

Killorn tipped the puck past Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson and sped down the ice to give Tampa Bay a two-goal lead.

Tampa Bay (41-30-10) needs to win its final regular season game Sunday against Buffalo and have Toronto and the New York Islanders lose to take the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It was his first two-goal game in 21 National Hockey League games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities.

Price will be in net Friday at home against Tampa Bay, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Lehkonen found King coming off the bench with a stretch pass. The former Los Angeles King went in alone to beat Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pads for his first goal in 16 games as a Canadien at 9:59 of the second frame.

Gourde made it 4-2 with his sixth goal at 4:57. Coach Claude Julien said Weber and Benn will be ready for the playoffs, but Emelin will be re-evaluated early next week.