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Saturday, March 27th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (40-28-7-3) at Boston Bruins (38-18-14-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to re-gain some breathing room in the Northeast Division tonight when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the FleetCenter for an Original Six clash.

On Thursday the B's lost space in the standings, as Ed Belfour made 33 saves to record his eighth shutout of the season and lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-0 win at the Bruins.

The Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games and moved within one point of the Bruins atop the Northeast Division. Boston is just two points ahead of third-place Ottawa.

Andrew Raycroft stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in net for the Bruins, who lost for just the second time in 10 games (7-2-1).

Boston set a new team record by getting shut out for the eighth time on home ice this season. Overall, it was 10th time the Bruins have been blanked this year, one shy of the club record.

The Bruins will visit Carolina on Tuesday.

Montreal, meanwhile, is battling for positioning lower in the East field. With 90 points, the Canadiens are four behind New Jersey for sixth place.

On Thursday the Habs' quest for higher ground took a hit, as Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist and Patrick Lalime stopped 29 shots for the Senators to lead a 4-0 win over Montreal at the Bell Centre.

Jose Theodore made 27 saves in net for Montreal, which lost its second straight contest. Claude Julien's club fell to 11-3-1-1 in its last 16 tilts overall.

Montreal outshot Ottawa 11-9 in the third period, but could not end Lalime's shutout bid.

Montreal's All-Star defenseman, Sheldon Souray, did not dress for the contest after leaving the team's previous game after the first period with an upper- body injury. He is day-to-day.

The Canadiens will visit the NY Islanders on Wednesday.

Boston and Montreal are 2-2-1 against each other this season, and the home team is 10-6-1 in the last 17 meetings.

03/27 10:19:58 ET


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