The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens share the Eastern Conference lead, and two of the hottest teams in the NHL appear to be in for a tight battle with each other for the Atlantic Division crown as the season progresses. Their first meeting wasnt much of a contest, though, thanks in large part to Steven Stamkos. You can listen to all the action live on TSN Radio 690 Montreal with coverage beginning at 6pm et. The Lightning look to prevent Montreal from recording its longest winning streak in nearly nine years while recording their fourth straight regular-season victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday night. These clubs hold a one-point edge on Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders for the East lead, though Montreal (26-11-2) has two games in hand on Tampa Bay (25-12-4). The Lightning have won five of six after beating Ottawa 4-2 on Sunday to rebound from Fridays 6-3 loss to the Penguins. Stamkos gave Tampa the lead for good with 3:55 left in the second period, and Tyler Johnson put it away with his second goal of the game in the third. Were starting to come back (in games) a little bit, and I think its just the kids are maturing understanding that youve got to stick to the plan, said coach Jon Cooper, whose club trailed midway through the second. Stamkos only two points over his previous six were a goal and an assist in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Toronto on Dec. 29. Things havent been going great lately so (Im) just trying to work hard, Stamkos said. It was good to see that one go in and hopefully get things rolling. Stamkos didnt have much trouble scoring against the Canadiens on Oct. 13, netting a hat trick in a 7-1 rout in the first meeting since Montreal swept the Lightning in the first round of last seasons playoffs. Tampa is 4-0-1 in the last five regular-season meetings with the Canadiens, who completed a perfect four-game road trip with Saturdays 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Theyve won nine of 10 overall, and on Tuesday can win a seventh straight for the first time since an eight-game run March 23-April 6, 2006. It shows a lot of character in this locker room, said defenseman Tom Gilbert, who had a goal. We know that were going home and I just think we use that confidence that weve been playing (well) on the road here. Montreal is the only team in the league without a loss when scoring first, going 16-0-0. I think weve been playing our best hockey and been doing really good things with the puck, Gilbert said. Weve been keeping it simple. Carey Price made 30 saves to improve to 8-1-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average over his last nine, but he wasnt nearly as sharp in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. He gave up four goals on 23 shots through two periods and was pulled for the only time in his 32 starts this season. Price is 1-2-2 with a 2.04 GAA in his last five regular-season starts against the Lightning, who have held the Canadiens to one non-shootout goal in each contest in that stretch. Ben Bishop, who missed all of last seasons playoff series with Montreal due to injury, could be in net for the Lightning. Hes 6-1-2 with a 1.27 GAA in nine career starts against the Canadiens. Montreal forward P.A. Parenteau will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Detroit Tigers Gear .com) - The Toronto Raptors are paying Rudy Gay a visit on Wednesday night when they head into the Sleep Train Arena to take on the Sacramento Kings. 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Texas selected Lewis contract from Triple-A Round Rock.BALTIMORE -- On a night when Baltimore struggled to get hits against Texas young right-hander making his first major league start, the Orioles simply stayed patient and eventually broke through against the Rangers bullpen. Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty hit solo homers and Baltimore beat Texas for the third consecutive game, 6-4 on Wednesday. The Rangers have lost eight consecutive road games, their longest drought since 2005. Baltimore stayed within one game of first-place Toronto, which beat Milwaukee 7-4, earlier Wednesday. The Orioles (45-39) moved six games over .500, equaling a season-high. "That was really impressive," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That was one of the more impressive things Ive seen, to be able to bring that intensity into a game like that. The whole group, I was real proud of them tonight." The game was delayed 1 hour and 38 minutes because of rain in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jones hit his 16th home run of the season and had three RBIs. Flaherty, who started at third base in place of the suspended Manny Machado, hit his fourth homer of the season and also made several nice defensive plays. Baltimore has homered in 12 consecutive games. Orioles right-hander Brad Brach (2-0) entered in the sixth and earned the victory by throwing 1 1-3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Zach Britton earned his 11th save with a perfect ninth. Texas Miles Mikolas was effective in his first major league start. He allowed three runs and three hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 5 1-3 innings. Texas (37-47) has used 11 starting pitchers this year, most in the American League. The Rangers have lost 13 of their past 16 games. "It was a lot of fun being out there," Mikolas said. "I thought I pitched a pretty good game up until the fifth. Then, I had some trouble with some walks. Things kind of didnt go our way after that." Staked to a 4-1 lead, Mikolas walked Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce with one out in the sixth. Jason Frasor entered and allowed a sacrifice fly to Jones and an RBI single to Nelson Cruz. He then walked Chris Davis before allowing a game-tying RBI single to J.J. Hardy. Flaherty provided the Orioles with their first lead, 5-4, hammering an offering from Neal Cootts (2-5) onto the flag court behind right field to lead off the seventh.dddddddddddd Jones added an insurance run that inning with a two-out single. "Its sum of the parts for sure," Flaherty said. "It cant be the same guys every night. And its an opportunity for other guys to get in there and try to contribute and help the team win." After winning his previous two starts, Baltimore right hander Chris Tillman struggled most of the game. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks over 5 2-3 innings. Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out RBI single by Alex Rios. In 18 starts, Tillman has given up 16 runs in the first inning. "It was a grind," Tillman said. "It wasnt good. I made some pitches when I had to. I had some stuff. I was consistently behind in the count. You have to make pitches on a consistent basis." Cruz, who leads the majors with 26 homers, appeared to tie the game with a towering shot in the bottom half of that inning before Leonys Martin made a leaping catch over the fence in centre field. "That was awesome," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He beat the ball to the fence, timed it perfectly and brought it back. Nelson can just swipe the ball in this ballpark and it will go a long ways." The Rangers added three runs in the next inning on a two-run double by Adrian Beltre and a run-scoring grounder by Rios that bounced of Tillmans lower leg. Jones homer in the fourth pulled the Orioles within 4-1. NOTES: Baltimore RHP Bud Norris (right groin strain) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will throw again Friday. Norris, who is eligible to come off the DL July 7, likely will need a rehab start or simulated game before rejoining the rotation, Showalter said. ... Orioles RHP Suk-min Yoon, who is on the minor league DL, received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder to reduce inflammation and will be reevaluated after being shut down for a few days. ... Davis hit off the tee before the game with Showalter observing. He went 1 for 3, snapping an 0-for-21 skid with a single in the eighth. ... The Orioles will try to sweep the four-game series when LHP Wei Yin Chen (7-3, 4.19 ERA) faces Rangers RHP Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42) on Thursday. ' ' '