Canadiens aim for fourth straight win on long homestand

New Jersey (13-8-2) at Montreal (15-6-4), 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) — The Montreal Canadiens are enjoying this

The Canadiens seek their fourth consecutive victory on Saturday
when they host the New Jersey Devils.

Montreal is in the midst of a seven-game homestand and the first
three contests went quite well. In their most recent contest,
the Canadiens received some help from an unlikely source.

The fourth line of Steve Begin, Maxim Lapierre and enforcer
Georges Laraque combined for two goals and four assists as the
Canadiens rolled to a 6-2 triumph over the New York Rangers on

“We haven’t won three games in a row since the beginning of the
year, so it was really important in the standings,” Lapierre
said. “Now we’re only three points behind the Rangers, and
they’re first in our conference.”

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Rookie Matt D’Agostini added a goal and an assist and Andrei
Kostitsyn, Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang also scored for
Montreal, which improved to 3-0-2 in their last five home

The Devils are concluding a fairly successful five-game road
trip. Over its first four stops, New Jersey has gone 3-1-0.

Patrick Elias was the team’s most recent hero, tying the game
with 90 seconds remaining in regulation and scoring again 2:46
into overtime as the Devils recorded a 3-2 triumph over the
Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.