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Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-2-0) at Montreal Canadiens (3-1-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try once again for their first victory of the season tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Toronto opened its season with a 4-0 loss to the Habs a week ago, and has followed up the defeat with consecutive ties against Washington and New Jersey. On Thursday the Leafs kicked off a five-game road trip with a 2-2 deadlock versus the Devils.

Nik Antropov and Darcy Tucker lit the lamp for Toronto, while Ed Belfour made 31 saves. Jersey's Sergei Brylin managed the equalizer with a mere two seconds to go in regulation.

Through three games, the Maple Leafs have been limited to four goals. Top guns Mats Sundin and Owen Nolan have yet to score their first tallies of the season.

Right wing Alexander Mogilny sat out Thursday and is expected to miss several games with a nagging groin pull. The Russian sniper is with the team on the five-game road trip that began in New Jersey, and hopes to return before it ends.

Toronto will visit the NY Islanders Monday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has won its last three games on the heels of a 5-2 loss to Ottawa in the opener. Mike Ribeiro notched a goal and two assists to lead the Canadiens past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1, at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

Andrei Markov and Richard Zednik contributed a goal and an assist apiece for the Habs. Jason Ward also scored and Jose Theodore turned aside 22 shots. Theodore has stopped 59 of the last 61 shots he has faced since losing to Ottawa.

Montreal plays the third portion of a six-game homestand tonight and will host Detroit on Monday.

The Canadiens snapped a three-game series losing streak last week, but the Leafs are 3-2-2 in the last seven meetings. Toronto is 4-1-3 in its last eight and 5-2-3 in its last 10 trips to Montreal.

10/18 10:11:45 ET


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