LIGHTNING, CANADIENS CLIMB TO TOP OF LEAGUE STANDINGS
With wins Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-2, 36 points) and Montreal Canadiens (17-7-2, 36 points) rose to the top spot in the NHL standings. The Anaheim Ducks (15-6-5, 35 points) also were victorious to claim sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.
TAMPA BAY SWEEPS SEASON SERIES VS. RANGERS
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their fourth consecutive game Monday with a 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers, sweeping the season series (3-0-0). It was the third time in 15 days that the Lightning defeated the Rangers after a 5-1 win in New York on Nov. 17 and a 4-3 victory at home Nov. 26. The Lightning improved to 17-6-2 this season, and their 36 points and 17 wins through the first 25 games both are franchise records.