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The way the Montreal Canadiens have played away from home this year, they might not want their longest road trip of the season to come to an end.

The Canadiens, though, could be in for a test as they look for their third straight victory Sunday when they visit the New York Rangers for the first time this season to conclude a six-game road swing.

Montreal (19-13-6) won 5-1 at Florida on Friday to improve to 3-1-1 on their longest stretch away from home in 2007-08.

Though the Canadiens are just 6-7-4 at home, their 13-6-2 road record is second-best in the Eastern Conference behind Ottawa, which is 13-3-2 away from home.

The Canadiens, who went 16-22-3 on the road last season, likely won't have it easy finishing off the trip Sunday against New York (19-15-4), which went 5-for-10 on the power play and scored its most goals of the season in a 6-1 victory at Toronto on Saturday.

The Rangers, who won three of four meetings Montreal last season - including both games at Madison Square Garden - have totaled 10 goals while winning their last two contests.

Montreal, however, hasn't had a problem scoring goals recently, either.

Guillaume Latendresse, Michael Ryder and Christopher Higgins scored on the first three shots of the game Friday for the Canadiens. Higgins also had two assists for Montreal, which won 5-2 at Tampa Bay on Thursday and has outscored its opponents 18-12 on the road trip.

"We came out ready to play and took it to them, and that's so important in this league when you are on the road," said Montreal's Cristobal Huet, who made 40 saves against Florida. "You want to establish yourself in the other team's building. It was definitely a luxury to get that advantage and to get them rattled a little."

Huet, who is 10-6-4 with a 2.22 goals-against average, made 26 saves in a 1-0 win on March 11, 2006, in his most recent start versus New York.

For New York on Saturday, Petr Prucha scored two goals to double his total for the season and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists. The Rangers have seven power-play goals in their last two games after recording just five in their previous eight.

"It's the first time in about 10 games we have something going on the power play, our unit anyway," said Jagr, who has three goals and eight assists during a six-game point streak. "We have to wait and see. The power play won the game for us."

Backup goaltender Steve Valiquette made 27 saves for his second win in five starts Saturday for the Rangers, but is expected to give way to starter Henrik Lundqvist, who is 4-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA versus Montreal and has won his last three starts against the Canadiens.

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