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Wednesday, December 31st (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (17-15-4-2) at Dallas Stars (17-16-5-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars try to stretch their unbeaten streak to six games tonight when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the AmericanAirlines Center.

Sergei Zubov and Pierre Turgeon both scored power-play goals to rally the Dallas Stars to a 2-2 tie with Philadelphia at home on Monday.

Marty Turco made 26 saves in net for the Stars, including 13 in the third period and two in overtime as Dallas moved to 4-0-1 in its last five games (4-0-1).

Turco is starting to regain his stellar form from last season and is 5-1-1 with a 1.42 goals against average in his last seven starts.

The Stars have climbed to the third spot in the Pacific Division and trail San Jose by just three points for first place.

Dallas, 6-1-3, in its last 10 games at the AAC, completes a three-game homestand Friday versus Phoenix.

Andrei Markov and Pierre Dagenais both scored in the first period to lead Montreal to a 2-1 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena on Monday.

Jose Theodore made 26 saves for the Canadiens, who won for the second time in five games (2-2-0-1) and improved to 6-1-2 all-time in Atlanta. Patrice Brisebois notched two assists in the victory.

Theodore has been solid lately, compiling a 2-1 record and a 1.33 goals against average in his last three starts. Saku Koivu added an assist for the Habs and has four goals and seven assists over the last 10 games.

Montreal completes a four-game road trip tonight before staring a four-match homestand against Atlanta on Saturday.

Dallas is unbeaten in the last seven meetings overall (5-0-2) and has won three straight home matchups against the Habs.

12/31 10:12:43 ET


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