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Saturday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (4-1-0-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators seek their fourth straight victory tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Since a brief two-game slide, the Sens have disposed of Anaheim, San Jose and Washington. On Thursday, Marian Hossa posted a goal and an assist as Ottawa pounded the slumping Washington Capitals, 5-1, at Corel Centre.

Radek Bonk, Bryan Smolinski, Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Senators, who improved to 4-1-0-1 on the young season. Patrick Lalime turned aside 17 shots in the victory.

Ottawa, which busted the game open with three goals in the third period, welcomed Martin Havlat back to the lineup and the right wing picked up a pair of assists. Havlat played for the first time this season after ending a holdout on October 11. The 22-year-old has averaged 21 goals in his first three NHL campaigns.

The Senators will host Florida on Thursday to open a brief homestand.

Montreal, meanwhile, has won five of its last six games entering tonight. Jose Theodore stopped all 34 New York shots he faced to register his second shutout of the year in a 3-0 Canadiens' win over the visiting Islanders on Thursday.

Theodore faced 17 third-period shots and stood tall to the task, earning his 19th career blanking. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in six outings this season.

Yanic Perreault, Marcel Hossa and Andreas Dackell scored for Montreal, which will close out a six-game homestand tonight.

The Habs will visit Philadelphia on Monday.

Ottawa defeated Montreal 5-2 in the season opener on October 9 and has won three straight meetings. The Sens are, however, only 2-3-1 in their last six treks to Bell Centre.

10/25 10:01:56 ET


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