Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The regular season is over for the Montreal
Canadiens, but the wait continues to see if they will capture the Northeast
Peter Budaj stopped 16 shots and the Canadiens got goals from four different
players in a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the regular season
finale for both clubs.
Montreal's win combined with Boston's overtime loss at Washington gives the
Canadiens a one-point lead (63-62) on the Bruins in the race for the division
title and the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.
Boston hosts Ottawa Sunday night in a rescheduled contest that was postponed
on April 15 due to the Boston Marathon bombings. The Bruins need to win the
game to capture the division.
Lars Eller had a goal and a pair of assists for the Canadiens (29-14-5), while
Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov each scored once.
Phil Kessel had the lone goal for the Maple Leafs (26-17-5), who hold the
fifth spot in the East. Should Boston win Sunday, the Canadiens and Maple
Leafs would play each other -- for the first time since 1979 -- in the first
round of the playoffs.
James Reimer gave up four goals on 23 shots in defeat. He was pulled in the
third period, and Ben Scrivens made five stops the rest of the way.
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