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Saturday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (20-27-12-3) at Montreal Canadiens (32-25-6-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The streaking Montreal Canadiens will go for their fourth consecutive victory tonight, when they skate with the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre.

Montreal, which sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with 72 points, continued its solid play with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five games overall.

Craig Rivet scored with one minute left in overtime to lift the Canadiens past Boston. Yanic Perreault and Michael Ryder also scored for Montreal in the winning effort.

Jose Theodore pushed aside 37 shots in the contest. Theodore improved to 25-23-5 between the pipes tonight. Theodore was outstanding in a scoreless third period with 10 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in overtime. He also got some help when the Bruins hit the post three times in the contest.

Montreal has won four of its last five home games. For the season, the Canadiens are 17-11-4-0 in their friendly confines.

Carolina is well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, as it has posted just 55 points. The Hurricanes have been able to post back-to-back wins, including a 2-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

Jeff O'Neill's second-period goal proved to be the difference in the victory, while Erik Cole scored the other goal for the Hurricanes. O'Neill registered his 196th goal for the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise, tying him for fourth all- time with Geoff Sanderson.

Recent call-up Arturs Irbe, playing in his first NHL game since April 6, 2003, made 18 saves to backstop the win. Irbe was demoted to the minors last season after posting a dismal 7-24-2 record to begin the year.

Irbe, who played in his 300th contest for Carolina, earned his first win since January 23, 2003 against Florida.

Carolina, which is 2-3-1 in its last six road games, is in the midst of a four-game swing. For the year, the Hurricanes are just 9-15-4-1 on foreign ice.

The Canadiens are 3-1-2-1 in their last seven meetings with the Hurricanes. Montreal is 4-2-0-1 in their last seven home tilts against Carolina.

02/28 10:07:14 ET

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