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Canadiens lose big again, this time to the Penguins

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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.

Canadiens clinch playoff spot; Sabres hold closed-door meeting

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The Montreal Canadiens became the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot, doing so with a decisive 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The score is typically the prime indicator of which team was better, but if your not convinced, here’s the final shot total: 42-15 for Montreal.

Remember when Steve Ott recently ripped Sabres’ fans for booing? Well, this game was played in Buffalo. Wonder how the hometown fans feel now?

The Sabres, well, they held a closed-door meeting at the end of the game, as per numerous reports on Twitter.

The doors did eventually open for the media, seeking answers. Here’s a notable quote from Ott.

Video: Red-hot Ovechkin leads Capitals past Canadiens

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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

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Alexei Emelin’s season-ending injury isn’t the only noteworthy injury news for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Key forward Max Pacioretty is day-to-day with a lower-body issue on top of that, but at least they’re getting Rene Bourque back after missing about six weeks with a concussion, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

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).

Video: Flyers’ Rinaldo fights Canadiens’ Prust

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It may have been a fight that sparked the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Trailing by a goal to the Montreal Canadiens early in the second period, Flyers tough guy Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves with Brandon Prust off a faceoff.

The Flyers eventually went on to score three goals in the third period to defeat the Habs 5-3. Only problem with the fight? Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin gets in the way toward the end.