Last-place Canadiens beat Leafs 4-1 in finale
MONTREAL—Tomas Plekanec scored a rare short-handed goal with Montreal down two players and the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Saturday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Max Pacioretty, Erik Cole and Brad Staubitz also scored for Montreal (31-25-16), which finished last in the Eastern Conference. Staubitz's goal into an empty net with 1:58 to play was his first point in 62 games this season.
Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto (35-37-10), which had a promising start to the season wasted by a 7-18-4 record over the last two months.
There was not much to play for but pride and final draft positions for both clubs.