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Canadiens rally to beat Blue Jackets

January 15, 2015 12:43:12 UK

Jiri Sekac of the Montreal Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty scored twice on Wednesday as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Blue Jackets 3-2 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The victory moved the Canadiens to within a point of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division with both sides in action on Thursday.

Montreal conclude their brief two-game road trip with a visit to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to face the Senators while the Lightning entertain the Edmonton Oilers at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The form team in the Division over the past week are the Boston Bruins who have won four in a row as they chase the Canadiens, Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.

On Thursday the equally hot New York Rangers are the visitors to the TD Garden in Boston in the best match-up of the evening.

Over in the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals continued their relentless chase of the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins with a 1-0 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Verizon Center.

Jason Chimera’s nifty backhand redirect of a Matt Niskanen shot from the point early in the first period was all the hosts needed as Braden Holtby stopped all 21 shots that he faced.

The Capitals pulled to within three points of the Division-leading Islanders with the victory.

Neither the Islanders nor the Penguins are on the ice on Thursday but meet at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island on Friday with the Division lead on the line.

The Canadiens are 12.00 to win the Stanley Cup outright, while the Blue Jackets are available at 151.00.

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