Series (Game 3 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 3: Friday, December 30th
Game 4: Thursday, March 2nd

Canadiens 1

(18-12-6, 42 pts)

Panthers 2

(15-20-5, 35 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 30, 2005

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
MTL 1 0 01
FLA 1 1 02

J. Nieuwendyk (Panthers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

G. Roberts (Panthers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Montreal (18-11-6) at Florida (14-20-5) 7:30 pm EST

Montreal (18-11-6) at Florida (14-20-5) 7:30 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Now that Jose Theodore is back in goal, the Montreal Canadiens are hoping they can again win consistently on the road.

After snapping a nine-game road losing streak, the Canadiens try for their second straight victory Friday when they visit the Florida Panthers.

The 2002 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner, Theodore sat out four games with a knee injury before returning to make 41 saves and lead Montreal to Wednesday's 4-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Pierre Dagenais scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Alexei Kovalev added two assists for the Canadiens, who won their first road game since November 4 and halted their longest losing streak since 1925-1926.

Montreal may find getting a win at Florida quite challenging. The Panthers have recorded 11 of their 14 wins on home ice this season, winning four of their last five here.

Captain Olli Jokinen scored twice and added an assist, extending his points streak to eight games for Florida, which posted a 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Montreal has won the two previous meetings with Florida this season, including a 4-3 overtime triumph on November 15. Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game with four seconds left in the extra session.