Series (Game 1 of 1)

Montreal leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th

Sharks 2

(20-17-5, 45 pts)

Canadiens 6

(20-16-6, 46 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 12
MTL 0 6 06

A. Markov (Canadiens - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

A. Kovalev (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

J. Theodore (Canadiens - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .920

San Jose (20-16-5) at Montreal (19-16-6) 7:00 pm EST

San Jose (20-16-5) at Montreal (19-16-6) 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is going to try his hand with his struggling club.

After losing 18 of their last 25 games, Gainey fired coach Claude Julien and assistant Rick Green Saturday morning and will take the reins against the San Jose Sharks, who are looking to extend their winning streak to six games.

Evgeni Nabokov made a season-high 40 saves Thursday as the Sharks pulled off a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

It was the first shutout this season and 27th career for Nabokov, who has won three consecutive decisions while posting a .957 save percentage over that stretch.

With a win on Saturday, San Jose can match its longest winning streak of the campaign. The Sharks reeled off six straight victories from December 2-16, the club's first six games with star center Joe Thornton.

Since being traded from Boston to San Jose on November 30, Thornton has led the Sharks to a 12-4-1 mark. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 27 points in those 17 games.

Montreal's latest setback came in a 2-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday. Cristobal Huet made 38 saves.