Lightning edge the Penguins
The Tampa Bay Lightning took the regular season series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday with a 5-4 victory at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
J.T. Miller's ninth of the campaign turned out to be the winner for the Atlantic Division leaders who returned to the win column following back-to-back defeats to the Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues.
Yanni Gourde, Erik Cernak, Anthony Cirelli and Tyler Johnson were also on target for the Lightning who maintained their 13-point advantage over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the standings.
Tampa Bay has lost two games in a row just twice all season and the last time they did so, back in November, they also righted the ship by defeating the Penguins.
Sunday the Lightning return to the ice when they face the Florida Panthers down in Sunrise, before returning home for what should be an intriguing match up against the Calgary Flames.
The Lightning are 4/5 to win Sunday's game with the Panthers 21/20.
Meanwhile over in Montreal the Maple Leafs were forced to overtime before defeating the Canadiens 4-3 at the Bell Centre.
John Tavares scored his 33rd of the year, tied with Jeff Skinner of the Buffalo Sabres for second in the NHL behind Alex Ovechkin of the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, to record the winner.
Disappointing though the loss was for Montreal the regulation point was enough to keep the Canadiens ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings.
Boston has a comfortable seven-point leade over the Sabres in the chase for a Wild Card with Buffalo within two points of the Penguins for a postseason place.
The Canadiens are 5000/1 to win the Atlantic Division with the Bruins 150/1.
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