The Montreal Canadiens will have to wait until the final day of the regular season before they find out who they will face in the opening round of the playoffs.
While the Habs were busy beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 at the Air Canada Centre, the Washington Capitals were busy beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime. The Montreal win, coupled with the Boston loss, moves the Canadiens into first place in the Northeast division: one point up on Boston. However, a win by the Bruins in their final game of the regular season, tomorrow night in Boston, will allow the Bruins to leapfrog over Montreal and claim top spot in the division.
With Carey Price given the night off, Peter Budaj got the call in goal vs. the Leafs and wasn’t very busy: certainly not in the second period, when the Canadiens held the leafs to one shot on goal.
Lars Eller, Andrei Markov, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens, who chased James Reimer early in the third period. Ben Scrivens mopped up for the Leafs, who take the season series 3-2 but were thoroughly outplayed by the Habs tonight. The Habs outshot the Leafs 28-17. Eller also finished with two assists.
This one was billed as a potential first-round playoff preview, but the final seedings will not be set until the end of business tomorrow.