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Tuesday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (13-6-7-4) at Montreal Canadiens (14-13-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two clubs trying to gain ground in the Northeast Division clash tonight when the Montreal Canadiens welcome an old foe, the Boston Bruins, to Bell Centre.

Montreal is 5-2-2 in its last nine games and is tied for third in the division standings with 32 points -- 10 behind first-place Toronto. On Saturday, Yanic Perreault scored two goals and Niklas Sundstrom tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Stephane Quintal and Saku Koivu also scored for Montreal, which has won two of its last three games. Sheldon Souray posted three assists in the victory, while goaltender Jose Theodore turned aside 35 shots.

The Habs, 7-7-2 on home ice, will welcome Nashville to town on Thursday.

Boston, meanwhile, ended an 0-2-3 lull with a 3-2 decision in Ottawa on Saturday. Joe Thornton snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal midway through the third period to provide the difference. Glen Murray and Brian Rolston also scored for the Bruins, who had not won since a 6-4 decision over Atlanta on December 4.

Andrew Raycroft allowed two goals on 24 shots for the B's, who trail the Leafs by five in the Northeast.

Thornton leads the team with 30 points (7g, 23a), while Rolston tallied his 11th goal of the season, which ties him with Mike Knuble for the club high. Murray potted his 10th goal of the season.

Boston has taken points in 14 of its last 16 road games (9-2-2-3) and will host Calgary on Thursday.

The Bruins and Habs have split two meetings this season, with each team winning in the other's rink. The Canadiens have won four of the last six encounters overall.

12/16 10:36:14 ET


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