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After flunking a test their last time out, the Minnesota Wild hope to get back on track Thursday when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators hope to win two in a row Thursday for the first time since a season-high four-game winning streak from Oct. 11-18. Viewers in the Senators region can watch the game live on TSN5 starting at 7:30pm et. You can also listen to the game on TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa. The Wild carried a three-game winning streak into Tuesdays home game against Pittsburgh and were handed a 4-1 loss by the Penguins, who won their fifth straight contest. Pittsburgh has allowed only four goals during that winning streak. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo would like his team to forget about Tuesday and aim for a rebound effort tonight in Canadas capital. I think we know that it wasnt good enough, and now we turn our sights towards the next one, Yeo said after Tuesdays setback. The Wild, however, have had little success against the Senators in recent years, losing seven of the last eight meetings in this series. Minnesota did earn a win in its most recent trip to Ottawa, picking up a 4-3 regulation victory on Nov. 20 of last season. That win halted the Wilds three-game road losing streak versus the Sens. Minnesota fired 34 shots at Pittsburghs Thomas Greiss on Tuesday, but only Nino Niederreiter was able to get one past the Pens backup goaltender. Darcy Kuemper allowed three goals on 21 shots in the Wilds first home loss, as Minnesota fell to 5-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center. In addition to suffering their first home defeat, the Wild lost Zach Parise to injury on Tuesday and he wont be joining the team for their three-game road trip. Parise, who leads Minnesota with 10 points this season, suffered an upper-body injury against the Pens. Forward Matt Cooke sat out Tuesdays test and also wont be with the team tonight due to a a lower-body issue. Ottawa halted a two-game slide with Tuesdays 3-1 home win over Detroit. The Red Wings and Senators were tied at 1-1 late in the third period, but Patrick Wiercioch tallied the go-ahead goal for Ottawa with 5:23 left in regulation and Clarke MacArthur added an empty-net tally in the final minute. Erik Karlsson finished with a power-play goal and an assist in the victory. Craig Anderson turned aside 31 shots for Ottawa. Anderson will get the start again for Ottawa this evening, the first time a Senators goaltender has gone back-to-back this season. but is just 3-7-2 with a 3.08 goals against average in 13 career games versus the Wild. Niklas Backstrom expects to start for the Wild. The Sens began a four-game homestand Tuesday and have still yet to lose in regulation on home ice this season, going 3-0-2 so far at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki (upper body) missed his third straight game on Tuesday, while forward Alex Chiasson (foot) sat out after getting injured in Saturdays loss against Boston. Both players are questionable for tonight, as is defenseman Chris Phillips, who suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday. Wild (14PTS) at Senators (14PTS) - 7:30PM Teams split two games last season, MIN winning in OTT OTT has gone 3-1-0 past 4 at home vs MIN (lost last) OTT (6-3-2): 3-0-2 at home, 3 or fewer GA in 4 of the games 11/11 on PK last 3 games Anderson 2-0-1 at home, 2.60GAA, .922sv% Stone (2G, 2A) 4 game PT streak MIN (7-4-0): 1-3-0 last 4 road games, each decided by 1G road PP 0/20 6-2-0 when scoring first outscored opponent 17-7 in 2nd pd Niederreiter (2G) has scored in back to back games Projected Senators Lines MacArthur - Turris - Ryan Michalek - Zibanejad - Chiasson Hoffman - Lazar - Stone Smith - Legwand - Neil Boroweicki - Karlsson Cowen - Ceci Weircioch - Gryba Anderson Ty Montgomery Jersey .com) - Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett is active for Sundays matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Green Bay Packers Jerseys .com) - Nino Williams posted 18 points and seven rebounds, as Kansas State edged No. www.shoptheofficialpackers.com/Elite-Ran...Cobb-Packers-Jersey/. PETERSBURG, Florida – Its been almost seven years since the Blue Jays last won a series at Tropicana Field. Brett Hundley Jersey . -- The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling before they faced the Golden State Warriors for Game 4 of their first-round series Sunday. Kyler Fackrell Jersey .Jeff Green, playing in his second preseason game after missing the first four because of a calf strain, had 18 points. The Celtics (3-3) shot 47.2 per cent from the floor and made 15 of 37 3-point attempts.The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will renew their storied rivalry Thursday night in Boston when they meet for a NHL record 34th time in the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 1 of the their Eastern Conference second round series. Each playoff series serves as another chapter, but the Canadiens have ruled much of this rivalry - winning 18 consecutive series from 1946-1987. But since then, the Bruins have won seven of 11 series including the last two out of three. That one loss for Boston is where the rivalry for a good portion of the core of both teams began and now its Montreal who is aiming to turn the tide back after coming so close in their seven-game series loss to the Bruins in 2011. "This building is vibrating!" Those were the words of long-time NESN Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards when then Boston Bruin Phil Kessel scored a third period game-tying goal during a classic see-saw affair in Game 6 of the 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the eighth-seeded Bruins and top-seeded Canadiens. The Bruins would have to tie that game again and then win it 5-4 on a Marco Sturm goal with 2:37 left in regulation forcing a Game 7 after trailing the series 3-1. Montreal though avoided the epic collapse, winning Game 7 5-0. Ironically, that was Carey Prices first and last playoff series win - until the Canadiens recent sweep of the Lighting in the first round of this current playoff season. But in the eyes of the Bruins and their fans, that 2008 series reignited not only the rivalry, but the organization that has since won two straight series - including a 2009 sweep and their first Stanley Cup in 38 years after that nail-biting win over Montreal in 2011. That spring, the sixth seeded Canadiens came in as underdogs again to the third-seeded Bruins. But Montreal took the first two games in Boston to take what seemed like a commanding 2-0 series lead back to the Bell Centre for Games 3 and 4. But the Bruins took the next two games, including a 5-4 overtime win in Game 4 after trailing 3-1 early in the second and 4-3 in the third period. "We were up 3-1. We were up 3-1 going into the third," said Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban this week. "With a veteran team and the experience we had, we shouldve won the game but we didnt win it. Whos to say what wouldve happened moving forward? I just think we had an opportunity to beat the team that won the Stanley Cup that year." Since it was determined last Saturday that these two rivals would meet for the third time in the last five seasons, the Bruins have had no issues expressing their hatred for the Canadiens. "Yeah I do," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said Wednesday when asked if he hated the Habs. "If you asked them the same question Im sure theyd give you the same answer. "Its just natural for me, being here for seven years now, just being a part of this organization, you just naturally learn to hate the Montreal Canadiens and the battles weve had with them over the last couple of years have definitely made you hate them." The Canadiens however have not given the same answer leading into this series. "No comment," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said flatly after he was twice asked if he hates the Canadiens Wednesday.Lucic has built a personal rivalry with Montreal defenceman Alexei Emelin - similar to the one he had with former Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisaarek back in 2009.dddddddddddd Last month, Emelin nailed Lucic with a mid-ice hip check that resulted in Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hauling Emelin to the ice. Later in the game, Lucic speared Emelin in the groin. When asked about the personal showdown on Wednesday, Lucic explained thats "just part of the game" - when a right winger and a left sided defenceman square off with each other, and they will develop run-ins like that. But Emelin wasnt available to comment on the matter after Canadiens practice Wednesday and for much of the week, aside from Subban, many of the Montreal players downplayed the animosity. Where former Bruin and current TSN regional Canadiens color man Dave Reid is concerned, thats not necessarily Emelin or the Canadiens just taking the high road or following a gag order. "I think right now most of these guys dont understand what the rivalry is about but it will pick up as the series moves along and the fans will be in it," Reid said Wednesday night. "The fortunate thing about the Montreal and Boston rivalry is that they do seem to play each other so often and whoever won the last series, theyve got the swagger to start the series and the guys that were in that previous series on the losing series say ‘Hey we got something to prove. Thats what makes this rivalry so special - these two teams seem to play each other in the playoffs almost annually. I know the fans look forward to it on both sides and as time goes on so do the players. When youre a player on each side youre almost disappointed when you dont get the chance to go through Boston or Montreal to move on in the playoffs. So this will be another great series and I expect it to be a long series." Whether its this new generation of the rivalry or the older, they likely agree with Reid on those points. And this seasons Canadiens are most definitely looking to regain that swagger. "For guys that are in this room that were there [in 2011] and were a part of it, maybe this is another opportunity to salvage something," Subban later said. "You have to give them credit though. They played well too and its a seven-game series. It takes a lot of heart, a lot of blocked shots and a lot of grit to win that and they won it. They deserved to win it. But I thought that we fell a little bit short and we deserved to win as well but it didnt happen." For so many years, "it didnt happen" were the words of Bruins players following a Bruins-Habs series. Can this underdog Canadiens team make the Stanley Cup favorite Bruins utter those same words just as Ken Dryden and the 1971 Canadiens did to Bobby Orr and the heavily favored Bruins that season? This new generation of the Bruins-Habs rivalry is ready to write the next chapter and whether its at TD Garden or the Bell Centre, yes Mr. Edwards - the building will be vibrating. James Murphy is a freelance reporter who also writes for NHL.com, the Boston Herald and XNsports.com. He covered the Boston Bruins/NHL for last 11 seasons writing for ESPNBoston.com, ESPN.com, NHL.com, NESN.com, the Boston Metro, Insidehockey.com and Le Hockey Magazine. Murphy also currently hosts the radio show "Murphys Hockey Law" heard Saturdays 9-11 AM ET on Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio and 4-6 PM ET on Websportsmedia.com. In addition to that, he is a regular guest TSN 690 in Montreal and Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio as well as a hockey analyst on CTV Montreal. 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