With the playoffs on the horizon, the Montreal Canadiens are playing some of their worst hockey of the season.
The Canadiens lost 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, giving them three consecutive losses.
Most concerning is the fact the Canadiens have allowed 18 goals in the past three games. They fell behind the Penguins by four goals before the five-minute mark of the second period and it was a futile game of catch-up afterward.
The Penguins, on the other hand, have won their last five games and moved even closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The night provided one milestone for Jarome Iginla, acquired prior to the trade deadline.
Jussi Jokinen also left the game for Pittsburgh, however the Penguins reported on their official Twitter account that it was because of illness, not injury.
Jarome Iginla with the power play tally. He is just the 58th player in @NHL history to reach 1,100 career points. Congrats Iggy!
Alex Ovechkin continues his scoring ways and the Washington Capitals continue their winning ways. It’s no coincidence those two things are connected.
The Capitals won again Tuesday – their fifth consecutive victory – with a 3-2 effort over the Montreal Canadiens. And it was vintage Ovechkin, as he scored for the sixth time in the last three games. He’s now up to 26 goals on the season, which puts him into a tie with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the league lead in that category.
The Capitals have gone 8-1-1 in their last games and are two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the Southeast Division.
More Montreal injury news: Pacioretty day-to-day, Bourque to return
Bourque, 31, will be part of the lineup as the Habs face the surging Washington Capitals on Tuesday. He generated five goals and 10 points in 17 games, the last one coming on Feb. 21.
Losing Pacioretty even for a few days might not look like an even trade for Montreal, especially with agitating defenseman Emelin done, but it’s unclear if the young forward will miss tomorrow’s game.
Montreal currently has a three-point lead on the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division and the East’s second seed, although the B’s can close that gap to one if they beat the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (that game is on NHL Network starting at 7 p.m. ET).