TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Kucherov had the second hat trick of his career and added an assist in the third period. Jonathan Drouin assisted all three of his goals and Victor Hedman assisted on two.

A day after trading goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and just hours after trading forward Brian Boyle to Toronto, the Lightning improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.

The Senators, who won at Florida on Sunday night, are 6-6 over their past 12 games.

CANADIENS 4, DEVILS 3: Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime as Montreal rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to win at Newark, New Jersey.

Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal.

Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Cory Schneider made 29 saves.


TRADES: The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars for Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft in an exchange of defensemen.

 The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Brian Boyle, 32, in a move with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay gets a 2017 second-round pick and minor league forward Byron Froese for Boyle, who has 13 goals and nine assists in 54 games.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed center Zac Dalpe off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.

The 27-year-old Dalpe had a goal and two assists in nine games for the Wild this season.

• The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.

• The Maple Leafs acquired Brian Boyle in a trade with the Lightning for a 2017 second-round pick and minor league forward Byron Froese. The defensive-minded forward, 32, joins a young Toronto team that’s trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

• The Ottawa Senators are gearing up for a postseason push, acquiring veteran forward Alexandre Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

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