MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens will try to rebound
from a dismal loss Tuesday when they take on the Atlanta
Thrashers, a squad they have enjoyed success against in the
Despite holding a 44-20 advantage in shots, Montreal dropped a
5-1 decision to Washington here Saturday, the Canadiens' most
lopsided home loss this season.
Rookie netminder Yann Danis managed to stop just 13-of-17 shots
before being relieved by Jose Theodore, who is 9-4-0 with a 2.09
goals-against average all-time against Atlanta.
Theodore's performance against the Thrashers is part of
Montreal's 15-4-2-0 all-time mark in the series, including a 2-0
win at Atlanta on October 14. Jan Bulis and Saku Koivu scored
and Danis made 32 saves to become the third Canadiens goaltender
to record a shutout in his NHL debut.
The Thrashers also are looking to rebound from a tough loss.
They won just 22-of-58 faceoffs and were outshot, 13-2, in the
first period of a 5-1 setback in Toronto on Saturday.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the ninth time in his last five games
but Atlanta was unable to recover from a 3-0 deficit.