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Monday, March 8th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens(36-26-6-2)at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (25-27-9-8),10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens complete their West Coast swing tonight when they head into the Pond to battle the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

On Saturday, Richard Zednik scored twice in the third period, and added an assist, leading Montreal to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

Mathieu Garon turned away 18 shots in each of the final two periods and finished with 46 saves for the Canadiens, who earned their second straight victory and won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Steve Begin and Yanic Perreault both delivered a goal and an assist in the win.

Saku Koivu registered two assists for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the series.

The Canadiens have 80 points and are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference -- three behind New Jersey and seven ahead of the New York Islanders.

Montreal, which is 2-1 on its four-game road trip, begins its three-game homestand versus Florida on Thursday.

The Mighty Ducks, meanwhile, were handed a 2-1 setback by the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on Saturday. Ric Jackman and Matt Bradley scored first-period goals to help the Penguins post their first home win in over two months.

Steve Rucchin scored the lone goal for Anaheim in the loss, a costly defeat that hurts the Mighty Ducks' current playoff push. Anaheim, which had its three-game winning streak come to an end, remains six points behind Los Angeles and St. Louis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots for the Mighty Ducks, who had won their previous three contests against Pittsburgh.

The Ducks open a brief two-game homestand against tonight and will complete it Friday against the Islanders.

The Ducks are 2-1-1 in their last four matchups with Montreal, but the Habs are 4-2-1 in the previous seven tilts. The Canadiens have also dropped two straight in Anaheim.

03/08 14:59:48 ET


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