The Calgary Flames led the Ottawa Senators 6-1 on Sunday, and continued to put pressure on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
With a Flames defeat, CH would have mathematically qualified for the playoffs.
The Habs, who have lost their last three meetings, are currently fourth in the table with 57 points and only two games left.
The Flames are fifth with 49 points and four more games.
To have any hope of extending the promotion, the Flames must not lose any of their last four games, all against the Canucks.
But CH should also lose in regular time on Monday and Wednesday, during games against Edmonton.
“We’re in a pretty difficult position,” said Matthew Tkachuk. We must win and pray. That’s all we can do.
“I never thought we would be Oilers fans, but we need victory from them. “
Johnny Gaudreau echoed that.
“I’m going to look at scores,” he said. Hopefully Connor (McDavid) can have the character we know him. “
Gaudreau and Tkachuk had one goal and three points each in the victory.
Mikael Backlund, Michael Stone, Dillon Dube and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, while Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves. Only Josh Norris defeated him.
Anton Forsberg allowed four goals on 23 shots, then Filip Gustavsson stopped 11 of 13 shots.
After touching the post early in the match, Gaudreau scored a 19th goal halfway through the first period, thanks to a backhand. It was his fourth goal in six games.
In the first twenty, Ottawa went over 15 minutes without shots, ending the period with just three shots.
In the middle period, the Flames beat their rivals with three goals in less than 10 minutes. Tkachuk’s goal was his first since April 2.
“They did not give us a seat,” Senators coach DJ Smith said. They had energy of despair. On our side, not too many boys got started. “
The Flames are 3-5-1 against the Senators this season.
It was only a second loss in regulation for Sens at the last 11 meetings.
Even when he falls, Gaudreau is unstoppable