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Saturday, December 13th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (13-13-3-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (13-8-4-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try to halt a two-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa is 2-6-2 in its last 10 overall, including Thursday's 3-2 loss in Ottawa. Dave Andreychuk scored in the contest and also surpassed former Bruin John Bucyk for eighth place on the all-time list for games played in the NHL with 1,540.

Ruslan Fedotenko also lit the lamp for Tampa Bay, which trails first-place Atlanta by five points in the Southeast Division race. Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 37 shots in the losing effort.

The Lightning, 8-3-2-1 at home, will head back to the road and visit Toronto on Tuesday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three on the heels of a 3-0-2 run. On Friday the Habs lost a 4-2 contest at Florida in the second of a three-game road trip. The Panthers tallied three times in the third period to rally from a two-goal deficit.

Richard Zednik and Saku Koivu scored for the Canadiens, who had their four- game road unbeaten streak snapped (3-1-1).

The Canadiens, 6-6-1-1 on the road for the season, will return home to host old foe Boston on Tuesday.

Montreal defeated Tampa Bay, 3-2, at Bell Centre on December 2 and snapped a four-game series winless streak (0-3-1). The Canadiens are 2-1-2 in their last five trips to Tampa.

12/13 10:40:35 ET


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