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Wednesday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (21-9-5) at Washington Capitals (16-13-7), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to begin a new win streak this evening when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Canadiens had a season-long five-game winning streak halted Saturday evening in Boston. Milan Jurcina and Stanislav Chistov scored in the final frame to lift the Bruins to a 4-2 victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

Mike Komisarek and Michael Ryder scored for the Canadiens, who were in the midst of their longest winning stretch since taking eight consecutive games from March 23-April 6 of last season.

Cristobal Huet allowed four goals on 31 shots for Montreal.

The Canadiens, who are 9-5-2 as the visiting team this season, are playing the second test of a four-game road trip tonight.

Meanwhile, the Capitals will try to bounce back from Tuesday night's setback in Buffalo. Chris Drury had two goals and a pair of assists as the Sabres dropped Washington, 6-3, at HSBC Arena.

Kris Beech, Alexander Ovechkin and Chris Clark all scored for Washington, which has dropped three of four. Brent Johnson allowed four goals on six shots before being replaced by Olaf Kolzig, who fared much better and made 31 stops.

Ovechkin has been phenomenal in December, registering 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 11 games this month.

The Caps are 8-8-3 on home ice this season, but have dropped two straight and three of their last four at the Verizon Center.

Tonight's test marks the first meeting of the season between the Habs and Capitals. The teams have split the last six encounters, but Montreal has dropped three of five and seven of its last 11 as the visitor.

12/27 10:39:34 ET

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