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Tuesday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (6-5-1) at Montreal Canadiens (8-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A night after snapping a two-game losing streak, the Montreal Canadiens try to make it consecutive victories when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Bell Centre.

On Monday, Steve Begin scored shorthanded with 9:06 remaining to break a tie and Montreal went on to post a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Begin assisted on two other goals for the Canadiens, who tallied four times in the third period to stop their losing streak. Saku Koivu and Niklas Sundstrom added a goal and an assist while Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots in the win.

The victory earned the Habs a split of a home-and-home with the Blueshirts. New York posted a 5-2 win in Montreal on Saturday.

The Canadiens moved ahead of Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division standings with 17 points -- one ahead of the Senators. The Northeast is very tightly packed, as only four points separate Montreal and last-place Boston.

Montreal will visit Buffalo on Friday to begin a home-and-home.

Florida, meanwhile, has lost its last two games. On Monday the Panthers dropped a 2-1 contest in Toronto. The tilt marked the Cats' third of six consecutive road games, as their last two Saturday games were postponed at home due to Hurricane Wilma.

On Monday, Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour frustrated the Panthers with 31 saves. Former Leaf Gary Roberts notched his first goal and point in a Florida uniform and Jamie McLennan made 22 saves for the Panthers.

The Panthers, who are 2-3-1 on the road this season, will visit Boston on Thursday.

Florida went 3-0-1 against Montreal in 2003-04 and is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall.

11/01 10:58:10 ET


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