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Saturday, October 26th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (8-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (6-4-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After coming less than a second away from remaining the lone team unbeaten in regulation this season, the San Jose Sharks will instead try to rebound from a rough loss on Saturday night when they visit the Montreal Canadiens.

The Sharks carried an 8-0-1 record into Thursday's road contest versus the Boston Bruins and the game appeared headed into overtime thanks to Patrick Marleau's game-tying goal for San Jose 18 seconds into the third period.

However, the Bruins' David Krejci found the back of the net with just 0.8 seconds to go in regulation, knocking the puck past Antti Niemi following a shot by Adam McQuaid.

Niemi ended with 15 saves as the Sharks outshot the Bruins 39-17, but were denied a third straight win.

"Yeah, we did play well again tonight, it's just a little mistake at the end," said San Jose forward Joe Thornton. "But we're playing good hockey and it's a pretty good hockey team that we played against."

The Sharks have now split the first two of a five-game road trip, while the Canadiens look to conclude a five-game homestand with a winning record. They are 2-2-0 on the residency, snapping a two-game slide with Thursday's 4-1 win over Anaheim.

Tomas Plekanec had a goal and two assists, giving him four tallies and seven points over his last four games, while Carey Price made 31 saves. Michael Bournival and Brian Gionta each notched a goal and an assist, while Rene Bourque also lit the lamp.

"We picked up two points tonight against a team that was supposed to beat us. It is a big win for us after that loss to the Oilers (4-3 on Tuesday). We have to keep it up," said Plekanec.

Montreal has won five of its past six overall, but has lost six of its last nine versus the Sharks. That includes a 4-3 shootout setback in San Jose when the clubs last met on Dec. 1, 2011.

The Habs have won three straight at home over Sharks, having not lost at home in this series since Dec. 17, 2002.

Price is 1-2-1 with a 3.22 goals against average in four meetings with the Sharks, while Niemi has split two career starts versus the Canadiens with a 2.92 GAA.

10/26 10:33:09 ET

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Scoreboard
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Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
4th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 20
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 10
RUTG 21
 
2nd
ARST 17
WEBER 0
 
2nd
VANDY 0
TEMPL 7
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
2nd
SDC 9
ARI 3
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 14
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5