Bolts beat Canadiens to stay in playoff hunt

"We can't really control anything, but we'll have to wait and see [Saturday] night how the game unfolds, but we'll make sure to prepare for Sunday like it's our season on the line", Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.

No matter how the game goes tomorrow night, the Tampa Bay Lightning made the last two months of hockey an action packed nail biter for their fans. The Lightning are now one point behind Toronto for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with one game remaining.

Dwight King and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Canadiens (46-25-9), who end the regular season Saturday night in Detroit.

But Gourde once again put Tampa Bay ahead by two just 21 seconds later when he was uncovered in the left circle to convert a Cory Conacher feed.

Kucherov is the fifth Lightning player to score 40 goals in a season, joining Brian Bradley, Vincent Lecavalier (twice), Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos (four times).

Cheering on West Island: Killorn, who grew up in Beaconsfield, made it 3-1 for the Lightning at 14:19 of the second period when he blew past Davidson and Nikita Nesterov and beat Price with a lovely forehand move, putting the puck high to the glove side.

"We've had a lot of guys hurt, but there's definitely been an urgency in these last 20 games where we haven't been close to a playoff spot and now we're a point away", Killorn said. The Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 38 goals, Jonathan Drouin has 32 assists and Tyler Johnson has 130 shots on goal. Montreal opens the playoffs Wednesday night against the New York Rangers.

6, Tampa Bay, Gourde 6 (Conacher, Dotchin), 4:57.

"I thought we struggled in the back tonight", said Montreal coach Claude Julien. He then added a goal of his own by controlling a long pass from Ondrej Palat and sniping a shot by Carey Price.

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