GAME: Montreal Canadiens (16-14-4-1) at Washington Capitals (10-20-3-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
Enjoying one of their best stretches of the season, the Montreal Canadiens
begin a four-game road trip as they visit the Washington Capitals at the MCI
Montreal is unbeaten in 11 of its last 15 games (8-4-3), including Monday's
4-1 home victory over Pittsburgh. Saku Koivu and Sheldon Souray had a goal and
an assist apiece for the Canadiens. Pierre Dagenais and Niklas Sundstrom also
scored, and Jose Theodore made 16 saves for Montreal.
Souray's goal was his team-leading 12th of the season. That total also leads
all NHL defensemen. The 27-year-old blueliner, who has never had more than
three goals in any of his previous five seasons, has 10 points over his last
Dagenais has nine points in 12 games since being recalled from the minors on
Mike Ribeiro, who had an assist Monday, has also been on a roll. The left
wing has six points in his last three games.
The Capitals remained winless on their five-game homestand (0-1-1-0) after
blowing a 2-0 lead in Sunday's 5-4 defeat to the New York Islanders.
Robert Lang had two power-play goals, and Brian Willsie and Kip Miller also
scored for Washington, which fell to 2-2-2 under coach Glen Hanlon.
"We should have a better result, we should play smarter," said
Washington's Peter Bondra, who had three assists.
Bondra, who hadn't recorded three assists in a game since Oct. 31, 2000, has
nine on the season and 348 for his career. He is 11 assists behind Bengt
Gustafsson for fifth place on the Capitals' all-time list.
Jaromir Jagr recorded an assist in his return to the lineup after missing
two games with a thumb injury. The star right winger has 17 points in his last