Canadiens linemates Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty both scored two goals, and Montreal snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Lightning star Steven Stamkos didn't score, despite several good chances, and remained two goals short of 60. He'll play in his hometown of Toronto on Thursday night and has two games left to reach the mark.
Cole scored twice in the second period, Pacioretty had a pair of goals in the third and Alexei Emelin also found the net for Montreal (30-35-15), the last-place team in the Eastern Conference.
Vincent Lecavalier scored off a gift from Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, and defenseman Bruno Gervais added a goal for Tampa Bay (37-36-7), which has also been eliminated from playoff contention.