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Canadiens look to build on rare momentum

Vancouver (30-21-8) at Montreal (31-22-7), 7:30 p.m. EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- In the midst of a dreadful month, the

Montreal Canadiens will try for their second consecutive victory

when they host the red-hot Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Montreal has not won back-to-back games since January 15-17, but

is coming off a 5-3 victory over Ottawa on Saturday. The win

improved the Canadiens' record to 4-11-1 in their last 16

contests.

All-Star Game MVP Alexei Kovalev returned after Montreal general

manager Bob Gainey sent him home for two games and had one goal

and two assists in the win.

Tomas Plekanec and defenseman Patrice Brisebois scored

power-play goals and Mathieu Dandenault and defenseman Mathieu

Schneider also tallied for the Canadiens, who are 3-7-1 in the

month of February.

Vancouver comes in a winner of four straight and eight of its

last nine.

Veteran Mats Sundin scored the game-winning goal in the shootout

as the Canucks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on

Saturday.

Defenseman Sami Salo and Alexandre Burrows each scored in the

win. Daniel Sedin added an assist and has registered a point in

all four games during the winning streak.

Vancouver defeated Montreal, 4-2, on February 15.

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