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Tuesday, December 12th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (14-11-2) at Montreal Canadiens (16-8-5), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to escape their recent rough patch tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at Bell Centre.

The Habs have lost three of their last four games (1-1-2), including Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to visiting Buffalo. Thomas Vanek's goal in the second round of the shootout proved to be the game-winner for the Sabres.

Sheldon Souray netted a goal and an assist, and Michael Ryder also tallied a goal for the Canadiens. Alexei Kovalev added a tally on his shootout chance, and Cristobal Huet also made 31 saves, but could not stop either Sabres skater in the shootout round.

Montreal enters Tuesday's action second in the Northeast Division with 37 points -- nine behind first-place Buffalo.

Montreal is playing with heavy hearts, as the daughter of general manager Bob Gainey was swept away off a tall ship during an Atlantic storm on Friday night. Gainey's daughter, Laura, is still missing at sea.

The Canadiens play the second portion of a four-game homestand tonight and will host Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Boston, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a two-game winning streak ended in Saturday's 5-1 loss to visiting New Jersey. Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist to lift the Devils.

Marc Savard scored the only goal for Boston and Tim Thomas allowed two goals on 14 shots before being pulled in favor of Hannu Toivonen, who allowed three goals on 28 shots the rest of the game.

The Bruins sit last in the Northeast with 30 points.

Boston will host New Jersey on Thursday.

The Bruins and Canadiens have split two meetings this season, with each team winning in the other's rink.

Montreal won seven of the eight clashes last season, including all four at Bell Centre.

12/12 11:27:05 ET

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