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For the second straight game, the Montreal Canadiens are facing a hot team in contention for a playoff spot.

They may want to keep their composure this time.

After a contest in which their aggressiveness proved costly, the Canadiens look to rebound when they host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Montreal (28-18-6) lost 5-4 in a shootout at Pittsburgh on Thursday night, falling behind 3-1 while Sheldon Souray was serving a seven-minute penalty.

Souray was also ejected for the incident, when he jumped on Colby Armstrong, punched him several times and slammed him to the ice after Armstrong leveled Saku Koivu behind the Montreal net.

It ended up costing the Canadiens - who are tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference - against a Penguins team that won its fifth straight to move into a three-way tie for sixth in the East.

"We have to concentrate on our next game," Souray told The Gazette's Web site after the loss.

Montreal now faces New York (24-21-6), which has tied a season high by earning a point in five straight games (3-0-2) and is four points behind the final playoff spot in the conference.


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