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Wednesday, October 11th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will play on back-to-back nights for the first time this season when they invite the Montreal Canadiens to the Wachovia Center this evening.

The Flyers completed a home-and-home series with the rival New York Rangers on Tuesday night in Manhattan. Peter Forsberg scored a goal and added two assists to lead Philadelphia past the Rangers, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. It was the first victory of the season for Flyers.

Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble and Geoff Sanderson all tallied a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who rebounded from Saturday's 5-4 marathon shootout loss to New York. Marcel Hossa scored as the 26th overall shootout skater on Saturday to provide the difference at the Wachovia Center.

Antero Niittymaki made his second straight start in net for Philadelphia and turned aside 25 shots.

Tonight marks the finale of a season-opening three-game road trip for the Canadiens. Montreal is 1-0-1 this year and both of its games have ended in a shootout.

After losing to Buffalo to begin the season, the Habs came back with a close win over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Michael Ryder scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as Montreal defeated Toronto 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre, giving Guy Carbonneau his first win as an NHL coach.

Matt Sundin was the first to face Canadiens' goaltender David Aebischer and he put the puck over the goaltender's shoulder glove side. Christopher Higgins then tied things up 1-1 when he beat Toronto's Andrew Raycroft.

Toronto's next three shooters, Kyle Wellwood, Darcy Tucker and Alexei Ponikarovsky were all turned away, as were the Canadians' Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev. Three of those five shots hit the posts, keeping the game tied.

Ryder finally sealed the win as he beat Raycroft glove side.

Sheldon Souray and Mike Johnson added a goal each for the Canadiens, who were coming off a shootout loss to Buffalo on Friday. Aebischer made 36 saves.

The Canadiens won three of four meetings with the Flyers last season and Philly's only victory in the series came via shootout on March 6.

10/11 10:44:57 ET


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