Game 81: OT loss gives Habs playoff ticket

Canadiens right-wing Matt D’Agostini checks Bruins’ Milan Lucic during the second period Thursday night. Adam Hunger, Reuters

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AUDIOMatt D’Agostini  Yannick Weber  Mathieu Schneider  Bob Gainey

• At a Glance: The Canadiens fell behind 3-1 to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night and things weren’t looking good for Montreal. But then the Canadiens came to life with three goals before the end of the third period to take a 4-3 lead into the third period. The Bruins did managed to tie the game early in the the third period to force overtime before winning 5-4 after a bad turnover by Maxim Lapierre in the OT period. Matt D’Agostini scored two goals, while Alex Kovalev and Mathieu Schneider – who made a miraculous return to the lineup Thursday after his season looked over – scored on the power play.

• Key Moment: The entire second period was one the Canadiens dominated and the four goals were the difference in this one even though the Canadiens went on to lose in overtime.

• What It Means: With the point for an overtime loss, the Canadiens managed to secure their spot in the postseason despite a Florida Panthers win on Thursday night in Atlanta. The Canadiens were dropped to eighth spot in the Eastern Conference by the New York Rangers, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Should the Canadiens finish the season in eighth, the will face the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

• Who’s Next: The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night as the Canadiens wrap up their regular season. A win on Saturday combined with a Rangers loss in their last game of the season would allow the Canadiens to finish in seventh and face the Washington Capitals.

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