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Saturday, November 18th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Thrashers (12-6-3) at Montreal Canadiens (10-5-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre this evening.

The Thrashers were dealt their latest setback Friday night by the Dallas Stars. Mike Ribeiro scored a pair of goals to guide the Stars past Atlanta, 5-3, at Philips Arena.

Steve Rucchin, Glen Metropolit and Marian Hossa all scored for Atlanta. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on seven shots before being replaced by Johan Hedberg, who made 13 saves.

The Thrashers opened up the scoring just 42 seconds in, as Rucchin took a feed from Ilya Kovalchuk in front and wristed it past Turco. However, Dallas erupted for four straight goals to take command.

Atlanta has 27 points and is still in first place in the Southeast Division, but Carolina is just two points back.

The Canadiens were last in action on Thursday in Florida and were handed a lopsided loss by the Panthers. Olli Jokinen tallied a hat trick to lead Florida to the 5-1 victory at the BankAtlantic Center.

Tomas Plekanec notched the lone tally for the Canadiens, who were coming off back-to-back wins, including Wednesday's 3-1 decision in Tampa.

David Aebischer allowed four goals on 32 shots before being pulled after the second period. Cristobal Huet made six saves in the mop-up role.

The Canadiens ended with a 2-2 record on their four-game road trip.

Tonight marks the first meeting of the season between the Thrashers and Habs. Montreal has won six of the last nine meetings overall and five of the last eight at the Bell Centre.

11/18 10:28:34 ET


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