Pittsburgh (8-17-3) at Montreal (15-14-1)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Dec 22, 2003
  • TV: ROOT, RDS
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The Montreal Canadiens will try to continue their dominance over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Center when the teams meet for the second time this season.

The Canadiens are 7-0-2 at home against the Penguins since Jan. 31, 1999. That stretch includes Montreal’s 4-1 win on Oct. 16. Mike Ribeiro had two assists and scored one of three power-play goals for Montreal.

He has nine points in the last nine games overall, and leads the team in points and assists.

Montreal has been trying to build a winning record this month, going 5-2-2. The Canadiens are coming off a tough 4-2 loss to Northeast Conference-rival Toronto on Saturday.

Maple Leafs Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left. His wrist shot from the boards deflected off the stick of Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon and sailed past goalie Jose Theodore’s shoulder.

“We can call it whatever kind of a goal we want it to call it, whether it’s lucky or whatever,” Montreal coach Andre Savard said. “For us, it’s a tough break. We deserved a better break.”

Winger Pierre Dagenais had a goal and an assist for Montreal and now has eight points in 10 games since returning from the minors on Nov. 25.

Pittsburgh fell 7-4 to Atlanta on Saturday night, dropping consecutive games after winning two straight. The Thrashers’ Ronald Petrovicky scored eight seconds after the first faceoff for the quickest goal by a Penguins opponent.

Atlanta converted three of six power play chances, while Pittsburgh went scoreless with the man advantage for the third straight game.

“We’ve had a hard time playing against Atlanta recently, but we’ve just got to learn from that,” Pittsburgh defenseman Josef Melichar said. “We have to learn from these games, but it’s tough.”

The Penguins have won just three of their last 10 games (3-5-0-2), and have allowed a league-worst 117 goals with a 3.66 goals-against average for the season.

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