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Thursday, January 2nd (All times Eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (23-14-4) at Dallas Stars (20-12-7), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars will try to extend their season-high seven-game point streak on Thursday night as they welcome a Montreal Canadiens club that is closing out a six-game road trip.

The Stars have gone 5-0-2 over their last seven games and have also picked up a point in each of their past five contests at home. They are 4-0-1 in that span and play the fourth contest of a five-game residency tonight.

Dallas got second-period goals from Tyler Seguin and Erik Cole in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, while Kari Lehtonen came up with 23 saves.

Seguin's 20th goal of the season came on the power play, while Cole added a first-period goal on the man advantage as well. Jamie Benn had two assists.

"We were as solid as we could be," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "You are going to have to give us some opportunities. I think we gave up one other one where they hit the post but I thought we still played and moved the puck well."

Dallas played without forward Ray Whitney due to illness and he is questionable for tonight.

Montreal has gone 2-2-1 on its road trip, but failed to hold a three-goal lead in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime setback to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Canadiens led 3-0 going into the third period, but saw the Hurricanes score four straight, including a pair of power-play goals 37 seconds apart early in the third.

P.K. Subban tied the game for Montreal on a power-play goal of his own to force overtime, but Carolina's Alexander Semin notched the winner at 3:27 of the extra frame.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and Lars Eller also scored for the Canadiens, who got 37 saves by Carey Price.

"The penalties caught up with us because they got some power-play goals and it gave them life," said Eller.

Pacioretty has a club-high 17 goals on the season and on Wednesday was named to the U.S. Olympic team for the upcoming 2014 Games in Russia.

The Canadiens took the first of two meetings between the clubs this season with a 2-1 decision at home on Oct. 29. However, the Stars are 5-1-0 with a tie in their last seven at home versus the Habs.

Price made 26 saves in the earlier win over the Stars, improving to 3-3-0 with a 2.84 goals against average in six career meetings.

Lehtonen ended with 22 stops and in his career versus the Habs is 7-5-1 with a 2.42 GAA and two shutouts.

01/02 10:35:48 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
BOS 101
GSW 106
Final
IND 94
PHI 74
Final
SAC 99
POR 110
 
Final
LAL 101
OKC 108
Final
DEN 92
NOP 99
 
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
Final
WAKE 69
PITT 66
Final
STAN 70
OREG 73
Final
OSU 65
PURD 61
2nd
COL 73
ARST 74
 
Half
UCLA 32
WASU 34
 
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
Final
PIT 5
CLB 3
Final
FLA 4
TAM 3
Final
WAS 4
TOR 0
3rd
DAL 1
ANA 3
 
1st Intermission
VAN 2
STL 2