Canadiens top Flames, extend lead in Scotia North Division playoff race


CALGARY — The Montreal Canadiens moved six points ahead of the Calgary Flames for fourth place in the Scotia North Division with a 2-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Tyler Toffoli scored his 25th goal of the season, and Jake Allen made 21 saves for the Canadiens (21-17-9), who won the finale of the three-game set after losing the first two.

Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames (21-24-3), who are fifth in the seven-team North. Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves.

The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Toffoli gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead at 18:05 of the second period with a one-timer from the right circle after a pass from Joel Armia. It was Toffoli’s sixth goal in seven games.

Andrew Mangiapane nearly tied it for the Flames when he tipped Mark Giordano‘s point shot off the post at 11:37 of the third.

Shea Weber one-timed Tomas Tatar‘s pass over Markstrom’s shoulder on a 5-on-3 to give Montreal a 1-0 lead at 9:59 of the first period.

Lindholm tied it 1-1 following a cross-ice pass from Johnny Gaudreau for a power-play goal at 12:17.

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