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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montréal Canadiens

One day after winning their season-high third straight game over the Eastern Conference's best team, the Montreal Canadiens will try to avoid a letdown against its worst.

The Canadiens look to extend their win streak when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in the second meeting between the teams this season.

Montreal (13-5-3) continued its run as one of the league's hottest teams on Friday with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres, who lead the conference with 38 points. Defenseman Sheldon Souray scored with one second left in overtime to give the Canadiens their fifth victory in the last six games.

"I didn't know there was that little time left. I just knew we were getting close," said Souray, who scored his team-leading ninth goal. "Lucky. Lucky we beat the clock."

Timely scoring from their top players proved a bigger factor than luck. Saku Koivu, who leads Montreal with 19 points, scored in the third period to force overtime and assisted on the game-winner.

"We'll take these wins any day," said Koivu, who has eight goals and 16 assists in 28 career games versus Philadelphia. "It's a reward for our team working hard for 60 minutes. Sometimes you get the bounces at the end."

Goaltender Cristobal Huet made 29 saves Friday to win his fifth straight start and improve to 8-2-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average this season. Huet is one win away from matching his career-best winning streak of six consecutive starts, set from March 23-April 4.

Huet is 2-0-1 with a 2.70 GAA in four career games versus the Flyers.

Montreal beat the Flyers 3-1 on Oct. 11 and is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings, outscoring them Philadelphia 20-11.

The Flyers (6-14-3) enter Saturday's matchup after a rare win, 3-2 over their former coach Ken Hitchcock and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Mike Richards scored early in the third period to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak.

Hitchcock was fired by Philadelphia last month after the team opened 1-6-1, matching the worst start in franchise history. He was replaced by John Stevens.

Peter Forsberg and Freddy Meyer each had a goal and an assist Friday for Philadelphia, which won despite being outshot 41-22.

"I don't think we played our best game, but we got a win and that's what counted," said Forsberg, who has seven goals and eight assists this season.

Forsberg has two goals and 23 assists in 19 career games against Montreal.

Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves Friday to improve to 4-10-3 with a 3.13 GAA this season, but he has lost both career starts against the Canadiens.

The Flyers are 3-8-0 on the road this season, and have been outscored 45-25 in those games.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 11 '07 MTL 4 at PHI 2 C. Higgins
Dec 21 '06 PHI 2 at MTL 4 M. Johnson
Nov 25 '06 PHI 4 at MTL 2 S. Gagne
Oct 11 '06 MTL 3 at PHI 1 A. Kovalev