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Six and counting for the Canadiens

January 04, 2015 14:00:22 UK

The Montreal Canadiens once again took sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division following a 4-1 victory over the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Newly acquired David Perron scored his first for the hosts, midway through the opening period, but by then the Penguins were two goals down to strikes from Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.

Tom Gilbert made it three and Alexei Emelin completed the scoring to give the Canadiens their second six-game winning streak of the season.

It’s now back to the Bell Centre in Montreal to welcome in the Tampa Bay Lightning in a top of the Division clash on Tuesday.

Sunday however the Lightning will have the opportunity to move back into a tie for first when they play the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

It’s the third game of the four-game road swing for Tampa Bay who return home to entertain the Buffalo Sabres after the finale against the Canadiens.

In the Metropolitan Division the New York Rangers moved past the Washington Capitals into third place following their 6-1 rout of the Sabres at Madison Square Garden.

Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle scored in a four-minute, first period outburst that drove Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo net and effectively ended the game as a contest.

The Sabres continue to flounder at the foot of the Atlantic Division with an NHL leading -59 goal difference and a 2-7-1 record in their last 10 games.

The Blackhawks are 8.00 to win the Stanley Cup with the Penguins 10.00 and the Ducks 9.00.

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