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Sports Liveblog: Leafs up 3-1 on Habs after second period

05:21  29 april  2021
05:21  29 april  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

About Last Night: Habs keep Flames in playoff hunt with 4-1 loss

  About Last Night: Habs keep Flames in playoff hunt with 4-1 loss The Montreal Canadiens woke up Wednesday comfortably ahead of the Calgary Flames for fourth in the North Division standings, up six points with three games in hand. By the end of the night, their lead had shrunk to four thanks to a listless 4-1 loss against the Flames at the Bell Centre. Suddenly, the fifth-place Flames are in the rear-view mirror. Of course, the Habs still have those all-important games in hand, but as has been said by every fan and pundit since they returned from their COVID-imposed break, those games in hand are meaningless if they don’t win them.

The teams squared off Friday night, with the Flames emerging victorious with a 4- 2 win. Canadiens Game Day: Flames move two points closer in playoff race Cayden © Provided by The Gazette Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen makes a save against the Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday, April 23, 2021. Grab an early dinner and get settled on your couch before sundown, because after three consecutive late starts on their Alberta jaunt, the Canadiens will face the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary this Saturday at 7 p.m. (CITY

© Provided by The Gazette Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher (11) reacts after taking a stick to the face from Vancouver Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers (57) during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The Montreal Canadiens will meet the Vancouver Canucks for the 10th and final time this season tonight at the Bell Centre at 7 p.m. (CBC, Sportsnet One, CityTV, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98,5 FM) . On Friday night, the Canucks were able to extend their winning streak to four by downing the Canadiens 3 - 2 in overtime. Their last loss came at the hands of the Habs on March 10

The Montreal Canadiens are back home following a five-game Alberta road trip to face the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday at the Bell Centre at 8 p.m. (SN, RDS2, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) .

a hockey player standing in the snow: Montreal Canadiens centre Nick Suzuki chases loose puck in front of Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares during first period in Montreal on Feb.10, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens centre Nick Suzuki chases loose puck in front of Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares during first period in Montreal on Feb.10, 2021.

Earlier today, the team announced forward Jonathan Drouin will take “an indefinite leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.”

Forwards Tomas Tatar and Paul Byron will also miss tonight’s contest. Byron has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, while Tatar played Monday despite suffering a lower-body injury in the previous game. Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price remain out of the lineup.

Canadiens Game Day: Habs forced to juggle forward lines vs. Leafs

Jake Allen is expected to start in goal for the Habs.

About Last Night: No comeback for Habs after four-goal first for Leafs .
The Montreal Canadiens allowed fivers on consecutive nights. After losing 5-1 Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators, the Habs followed it up with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday at Scotiabank Arena. Backup Cayden Primeau was chased by the Leafs after allowing four goals in the first period. First off, some fuzzy playoff math: The Habs entered the game needing one point in the standings to eliminate the Calgary Flames, while a win coupled with a Vancouver Canucks loss would’ve clinched a playoff spot outright. The Canucks didn’t hold their end of the bargain, winning 6-3 over the Edmonton Oilers.

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