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MONTREAL – The Canadiens play their second preseason game in as many nights on Monday when they host the Bruins at the Bell Centre at 7 p.m. EST.
On Sunday night, the Habs dropped a 5-4 decision to the Sabres in a shootout on home ice. Michael Bournival tallied twice for the Canadiens, while Erik Nystrom and Martin St-Pierre also figured on the scoresheet. Peter Budaj started the game in goal and turned aside 10 of 12 shots. He was replaced by Zachary Fucale at the midway point of the second period, and the Laval, QC native stopped 13 of 15 shots against during his stint between the pipes.
The line of Bournival, St-Pierre and Michael McCarron accounted for six points against Buffalo, with McCarron registering two assists in his NHL preseason debut. Defenseman Greg Pateryn picked up three assists for the Canadiens in the loss.
The Bruins open up their preseason schedule on Monday with a roster that bears little resemblance to the squad that reached the Stanley Cup Finals back in June. Mainstays Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference have all moved on, making room for newcomers like Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson and Joe Morrow.
Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban will split goaltending duties for the Bruins against the Habs, while Iginla, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton will be among the veterans in the lineup.
After dropping the first regular season meeting between the two teams last season, the Canadiens went on to win three straight games over the Bruins. Montreal and Boston will square off four times during the 2013-14 campaign.
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