Montreal Canadiens eliminated from NHL playoffs after 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay

Global News

TAMPA, Fla. – Physically and emotionally spent in charging back from a three games to none series deficit, the Montreal Canadiens had nothing left in the tank for Game 6.

Out-shot and out-played, the Canadiens’ comeback bid and season ended with a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.

The Habs were the last Canadian-based team left in the playoffs. But for the 21st straight season, one will not win the Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay will face either the New York Rangers or the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference final beginning Saturday. It’s the Lightning’s third trip to the conference final and first since 2011.

A second-round exit for Montreal looked likely after falling behind 3-0, but this team became the first in franchise history to even reach a sixth game. Coach Michel Therrien said Monday he saw an energized group, but instead…

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