Lightning will take on Canadiens in first round of playoffs

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) scores past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during during a 3-1 victory on April 1.

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TAMPA, Fla. –€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The matchup was set Wednesday night, with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center. Home ice advantage and a schedule for the best-of-seven series will be determined at a later time. After Wednesday, the Canadiens had 98 points to the Lightning’s 95 with two regular-season games left for them.

Here’s how the Atlantic Division foes have fared against each other this season.

Nov. 12: Tampa Bay 2, Montreal 1 (shootout)

Dec. 28: Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1 (shootout)

Feb. 1: Tampa Bay 2, Montreal 1 OT

April 1: Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1

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