The Montreal Canadiens pulled within a breath of elimination on Saturday after a final defeat 5-2 suffered at the hands of the New York Rangers.
The Boston Bruins have earned two points against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which means the end for CH emissions in 2015-2016.
The CH series will be officially excluded from the Eastern Conference, even with six victories. A dozen points thus acquired would not allow them to exceed the Philadelphia Flyers or the Detroit Red Wings, one of two teams that could logically clinch the last available place.
The Flyers and Red Wings will face before the end of the campaign and one of these two teams finish with at least 87 points, while the Habs can not dream to garner 86 points.
Chris Kreider scored two goals and Derick Brassard had three points in a more complete domination by the "Blue Shirts".
Forwards Lars Eller and Phillip Danault assured the timid replica of CH.
Mike Condon had a difficult evening, being sent to the showers after yielding five times on only 17 shots. Ben Scrivens made its debut in the match early in the final frame.
Rangers took the lead early in the game. J.T. Miller mocked Andrei Markov before thwart Condon with a backhand between the pads.
Condon has resumed a few minutes later, Eric Staal frustrating at a surplus.
Eller then created equal, recovering a loose puck in the crease. The goalkeeper Antti Raanta was beaten in the top corner.
This is a 12th goal this season for the Danes.
Brassard has quickly restored the visitors the lead in the second period. The shooting Kreider was first off the mark and Brassard pushed the puck into an open cage on the other side.
Alain Vigneault's men enjoyed a numerical advantage to widen the gap in second. This time, Kreider completed a superb cross-ice pass from Brassard.
The American scored his second goal of the period a few minutes later after beating Alexei Emelin speed. He then beat backhand Condon.
After being bottled in its own territory for several minutes, the Habs finally replied. Danault grabbed a rebound of David Desharnais, counting his third campaign the net.
The Rangers capitalized again on the power play late in the second period. Derek Stepan lifted the puck over the pads of Condon to make the score 5-2.
Visitors have slowed the pace in the last third, but the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge has not been able to narrow the gap.
Sven Andrighetto made a comeback, while P. K. Subban still conspicuously absent.
Fighting for the last place giving access to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings will be the visitors at the Bell Centre Tuesday.