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Monday, October 22nd (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (5-2-0) at Montreal Canadiens (3-2-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The streaking Boston Bruins will aim for their fifth consecutive victory tonight, when they visit the rival Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Boston has won four in a row for the first time since February 17-23 of last season. The Bruins haven't had a five-game winning streak since rattling off six straight victories from January 29-February 10, 2004.

The Bruins latest triumph came in dramatic fashion against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday. Phil Kessel scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift Boston to a 1-0 victory over New York at TD Banknorth Garden.

After Manny Fernandez stopped all three Rangers in the shootout, Kessel had a chance to win it for Boston and delivered as he quickly skated in on Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist and snapped the puck into the top right corner of the net.

Fernandez ended with 26 saves for Bruins, who ended an eight-game losing streak to New York.

After tonight's road tilt the Bruins will return home to Beantown for three straight at TD Banknorth Garden.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens will have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they take the ice tonight.

Montreal is 3-2-2 on the year and ended a three-game slide (0-2-1) with a home victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Roman Hamrlik got credit for the game- winning tally and also had two assists, as the Canadiens defeated the Sabres, 4-2.

Chris Higgins, Bryan Smolinski and Kyle Chipchura also lit the lamp for Montreal. Cristobal Huet made 25 saves and has now stopped 84-of-89 shots in his last three home games.

Tonight marks the end of a brief two-game homestand for the Habs, who are 1-1-1 at the Bell Centre this year.

Montreal went 5-3 against the Bruins last year and has taken 10 of 13 and 12 of the last 16 encounters. Boston has also been defeated in three straight and seven of its last eight trips to the Bell Centre.

10/22 10:35:05 ET

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