Series (Game 2 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 29th
Game 2: Saturday, January 3rd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 14th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 17th

Jets 1

(19-17-2, 43 pts)

Canadiens 5

(18-15-2, 43 pts)

2:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
WPG 0 0 11
MTL 2 2 15

J. Theodore (Canadiens - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

R. Zednik (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Ryder (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Atlanta (19-16-3-2) at Montreal (17-15-5-2) 2:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers try to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss Saturday afternoon as they visit the Montreal Canadiens.

The Thrashers have not lost four in a row since a six-game skid December 5-14, 2002.

Atlanta opened a five-game road trip with Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss at Detroit. The Thrashers overcame three deficits to get a point and lost the game when Henrik Zetterberg scored 2:24 into the extra period. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 22nd goal and added two assists.

Montreal is trying to go three games over .500 for the first time since October 23 when it was 5-2-0. The Canadiens p[osted a 2-1 win at Atlanta on Monday and followed a 1-1 tie at Dallas on Wednesday, when Niklas Sundstrom scored with 60 seconds remaining in regulation.

Jose Theodore made 19 saves as Montreal moved to 8-4-4-1 in its last 17 contests. He is 6-3-3 in his last 12 decisions.

"It was a huge point for us and you can say we stole it," Theodore said. "We played the third period the way we wanted. We didn't play very well over the first half of the game, so we're happy with the result."

Montreal improved to 12-3-2 all time against Atlanta with Monday's win as Pierre Dagenais scored in the final minute of the first period and Theodore made 26 saves.