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(Sports Network) - More than five years after being traded away by the Canadiens, Mike Ribeiro finally returns to Montreal tonight with the Dallas Stars as the teams clash at the Bell Centre. http://www.thethunderfanshop.com/ray-allen-womens-jersey/ . Viewers in the Habs region can watch the game on TSN Canadiens beginning at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at. The game can also be heard live on TSN Radio 990 and TSN.ca/Montreal. Ironically, Ribeiro is playing his sixth season in Dallas but has not appeared in Montreal either due to scheduling or injuries. He was drafted by the Canadiens in the second round of the 1998 NHL Draft and played parts of six seasons with the team. The Stars last tasted victory in Montreal on Nov. 12, 2002, but Dallas has only made two trips to the City of Saints since that 4-2 win. The last encounter between these clubs at the Bell Centre was on Jan. 14, 2010, when the Habs recorded a 5-3 decision. Although Montreal has three wins in the last five matchups with Dallas, the Stars are 7-3 with three ties in the previous 13 meetings between these clubs. Centre Tomas Plekanec will not play due to illness. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and were dealt a 3-1 setback by the visiting New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Montreal native Martin Brodeur made 21 saves and Zach Parise, David Clarkson and Matt Taormina each lit the lamp for the Devils. Max Pacioretty tallied the lone goal for Montreal, bringing his career-high goal total to 25. Carey Price stopped 22-of-25 shots in the loss. "We cant let any shifts slide, but we did tonight and that was definitely the difference," Pacioretty said. "Maybe its just nerves that our season could be over before the playoffs, but its no excuse at all. In fact, it should give us more motivation to go out there and play 60 minutes hard as a team." Montreal enters tonight trailing the last playoff spot in the East by six points. Forward Louis Leblanc will playing tonight after missing Sundays game against the Devils due to illness. He skated on a line at practice with Lars Eller and Aaron Palushaj. Forward Erik Cole left Tuesday mornings skate early, but it was by design. He just wanted to get a quick skate in after the Monday off-day. The Canadiens have lost their last three home games and are just 11-13-8 as the host this season. After tonights game, Montreal will head out on a three-game road trip. Dallas has lost five of its last six games (1-3-2) and that swoon has not helped boost the clubs playoff chances. The Stars are currently three points out of a postseason berth in the Western Conference and seven points behind San Jose for the Pacific Division lead. The Stars dropped a second straight test Sunday against Nashville. Colin Wilson scored the eventual game-winning goal for the Predators late in the second period of the 3-2 victory. Michael Ryder and Alex Goligoski lit the lamp for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 21 shots. "We had our chances," Goligoski said. "But I think the most disappointing thing is that we gave them most of their chances. I think one goal they really beat us, but the others were just mental mistakes." Dallas forward Jamie Benn has missed the last two games after sustaining a cut to his left leg against Calgary last Thursday. Benn, who is second on the team with 49 points this season, is expected to sit out a third straight game tonight. Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray has missed the last six games with a foot injury and is questionable for tonight. The Stars have lost their last three road games and are just 13-14-2 as the visiting club this season. Dallas will complete a brief two-game swing Thursday evening in Chicago. Caron Butler Thunder Jersey . Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha said such a deal had been a "gigantic" piece of owner Tom Bensons business plan since he bought the long-struggling small-market franchise from the NBA in the spring of 2012. Steven Adams Thunder Jersey .J. -- With the New Jersey Devils fighting for a playoff spot, Jon Merrill picked the perfect time to score his first NHL goal.PORTLAND, Ore. -- Just when it appeared Portland was cruising to a victory that would avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season, Torontos DeMar DeRozan put a scare into the Trail Blazers. Holding a 16-point lead with 7:41 remaining, Portland suddenly had to mount a rally of its own, hitting four free throws during the final 11.8 seconds to pull out a 106-103 win Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds and Damian Lillard hit a go-ahead free throw with 11.8 seconds left to help end the Blazers two-game losing streak. Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece for Portland and Nicolas Batum added 18. DeRozan was a one-man wrecking crew down the stretch, scoring 30 of his 36 points during the second half. DeRozan, who also had 12 assists, scored 16 points during the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. The fourth-year All-Star guard had a hand in 22 of Torontos 26 second-half baskets, with 12 field goals and 10 assists. Kyle Lowry added 23 points for Toronto. The dramatic win helped Portland end its worst offensive slump of the season. The Blazers, the NBAs top scoring team at 108.4 points, came into Saturday having scored season lows of 81 and 88 points in their past two games. Aldridge said there wasnt a sense of relief despite the hair-raising finish. "We know that we had control from the beginning so it was just about staying solid the whole game and trying to close it out. We did that," Aldridge said. Matthews said after losing back-to-back games, to Golden State and Memphis, "this was a must-win game, and that was the sense of urgency we took into shootaround and the urgency we start the game with." DeRozan and the Raptors nearly spoiled Portlands breakout game. Trailing 57-40 at halftime and by as many as 19 points during the second half, Toronto made a prolonged charge at Portland. During the third quarter, the Raptors got as close as six points before Portland hit four 3-pointers during a four-minute stretch to regain a double-digit lead. Then DeRozan led Toronto on a fourth-quarter rally, when a 16-2 run over a five-minute stretch gave the Raptors a 103-102 lead on two free throwws by DeRozan. Ray Allen Thunder Jersey. "He was voted an All-Star for a reason. Hes capable of getting hot and carrying a team," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. Despite the near-comeback, Toronto coach Dwane Casey said the Raptors were sunk from a poor first half. "It wasnt us. We picked it up in the second half, but you cant spot a good team like Portland that many points and expect to survive," Casey said. With Portland trailing for the first time in the game, Lillard went on the offensive, drawing a foul while driving to the basket with 11.8 seconds left. Lillard hit both free throws to give the Blazers the lead, then Portlands defence stepped up when Matthews forced DeRozan into a turnover. Matthews said all he could think about during the final few minutes was making a play to stop DeRozan. "We blew a 20-point lead, and we did a similar thing when we played out there in Toronto. DeRozan made tough plays, the rest of the team make tough plays. We just got the timely stop we needed," Matthews said. Batum hit two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to seal the win. At the games outset, the Blazers got their sluggish offence going by turning up their defence, holding Toronto to 35 per cent shooting (14 of 40) during the first half. Aldridge kick-started Portlands performance with 12 points and 11 rebounds during the first quarter to stake Portland to a 31-19 lead. Helped by two Portland technical fouls, Toronto went on a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter to cut the deficit to 43-34. But Lillard went to work, punctuating a 12-point second quarter with a driving windmill dunk to put the Blazers in front 50-36. NOTES: Toronto reserve guard Greivis Vasquez missed Saturdays game with flu-like symptoms. Vasquez, acquired from Sacramento in a Dec. 9 trade, is averaging eight points and 4.5 rebounds a game for the Raptors. . Aldridges 11 first-quarter rebounds is one short of the franchise record for a quarter, held by three different players. . Portland is one of five NBA teams not to lose three consecutive games this season. . The Blazers won their sixth consecutive game in Portland over Toronto. The Raptors last won in Portland in 2006. ' ' '
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