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Habs set to visit reeling Bruins

by Magalie Lafreni?re
CANADIENS (26-25-6) at BRUINS (23-22-9)

Last 10: Montreal 4-4-2; Boston 1-7-2.

Season Series: This is the third game of six between the "Original Six" rivals. The Canadiens took the first game, 2-1, in a shootout on Nov. 5 in Boston. The second matchup marked Montreal's 100th anniversary and the Habs' won it in style with a 5-1 victory and with a Mike Cammalleri hat trick.

Big Story: The Bruins have lost eight in a row and haven't won at home since the Winter Classic. While they aren't in last place in the Northeast Division, the slide has them in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. They have been outscored 28-12 during the eight-game stretch, their longest losing streak since losing eight in a row from Dec. 22, 1955 to Jan. 12, 1956. But the B's are far from out if it, as they are only two points shy of a playoff position.

Team Scope:

Canadiens: No one quite expected the Habs to win against a hot Canucks squad on Tuesday and without Cammalleri in their lineup, but they managed a 3-2 victory. Montreal owed its win to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who made 45 saves. Sergei Kostitsyn, who had been banished to the AHL earlier in the season, stepped up with best game of his season with a goal and assist, while Tomas Plekanec and Maxim Lapierre completed the scoring. Montreal had lost its previous three, but with the win, it climbed to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

“I thought Sergei wanted it tonight and really moved his feet out there. He made things happen each time he was out,” said Habs forward Brian Gionta. “We’re going to need everyone to do a little more right now and Sergei did exactly that for us tonight.”

Bruins: Boston outshot the Washington Capitals 42-26 on Tuesday, but managed just one goal in a 4-1 loss. David Krejci gave Boston the lead early in the first period on the power play and the Bruins kept the Caps off the board until the second period. But Washington took the reigns in the third, scoring three goals en route to the win.

"It was a tough one today, really tough," said Krejci.”It is going to be tough to sleep tonight, but tomorrow we have to take some positives of this game and get ready for the next game. We have to keep working on those chances in practice and bury those."

Who's Hot: Boston center Marc Savard has an assist in each of his last three games since returning from injury. ... Benoit Pouliot, with two assists on Tuesday, has had points in all but two games since joining the Habs, while Plekanec has three points in his last two games.

Injury Report: Boston defenseman Andrew Ference is on the injured reserve with a groin injury, while fellow d-man Mark Stuart underwent surgery on Monday to fix a broken finger. ... For the Canadiens, Cammalleri (right MCL) will be out for six weeks, but his linemate Andrei Kostitsyn (left knee surgery) could make his return before the Olympics. Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (upper body) has missed the last three games, but is probably going to play against the Bruins. Defenseman Paul Mara (upper body) is on the injured reserve.

Stat Pack: The B's haven't lost nine straight since the 1924-1925 season, when they dropped a franchise-worst 11 in a row.

Puck Drop: "Good lord, I don’t know if we used all of them [goals] last year or what. It’s frustrating for sure, when guys put in efforts like that and come out on the losing end again." -- Bruins center Marc Savard
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