GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (13-28-7-5) at Montreal Canadiens (25-20-6-2).
TIME: Sunday, 2 p.m. EST.
Fresh off ending a franchise-record 19-game road losing streak, the Chicago
Blackhawks look for more success away from home as they continue their six-game
trip against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Blackhawks went 0-18-0-1 away from the United Center before snapping the
fourth-longest road losing streak in NHL history with a 5-3 victory at Calgary
Chicago hadn't won on the road since a 2-1 decision at Nashville on Nov. 7,
and had earned just one point during the slide in a 3-2 overtime loss at
Vancouver on Nov. 20.
"It's been frustrating this year especially on the road," said Blackhawks
left wing Mark Bell, who had a goal and two assists Friday. "But this is a big
weight off our shoulders and now we don't have to talk about this streak
Tuomo Ruutu scored twice for his first multi-goal game of his career, and
Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist for Chicago.
"Through this whole thing, we've tried to stay positive and stick together
as a team," Chicago defenseman Nathan Dempsey said. "We weren't ever pointing
fingers, we were losing as a team, and when we did win, we were winning as a
Chicago coach Brian Sutter will be coaching his 1,000th NHL game, and 218th
with the Blackhawks on Sunday. He will become the ninth coach to reach the
The Canadiens were blanked 1-0 by the Boston Bruins on Saturday, losing for
the fourth time in the last five games. Montreal, which was 8-1-2-1 before the
slide, lost despite outshooting the Bruins 34-16.
The Canadiens have scored just four goals in the last five games.
"We just need to find a way to score the big goal like we were doing when
we were winning on a regular basis," said Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore, who
made 15 saves Saturday. "Naturally we can be happy with our effort today; we
provoked a lot of chances. It's just that we need to come up big when it