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Sports OT hero Kovalchuk helps Canadiens snap 8-game skid with 2-1 win over Senators

08:50  12 january  2020
08:50  12 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

In the Habs' Room: Ilya Kovalchuk cements his place on the team with OT winner

  In the Habs' Room: Ilya Kovalchuk cements his place on the team with OT winner OTTAWA — Ilya Kovalchuk picked the perfect time to score his first goal as a Canadien. He scored on a breakaway with 51.9 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The winning goal came after Kovalchuk was stopped by Marcus Hogberg on an earlier breakaway in the overtime. “I really wanted to get out there one more time and the coach put us out there,” Kovalchuk said. “There was kind of a broken play when their (defenceman) took a step back and I took off. Phil (Danault) was coming with me to make it a 2-on-1, but I said in my head I’m going to shoot this one.

Kovalchuk ’s OT goal gives Canadiens 2 - 1 win over Senators . Ilya Kovalchuk ’s winner with 52 seconds left in overtime helped the Montreal Canadiens snap an eight - game losing streak with a 2 - 1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

While the Senators got off to a good start on their three-game road trip, the Ducks have lost a franchise-record nine straight — surpassing an eight - game skid in October 1996. "It felt great to get that push at the end and finally come up with a win ," said White, who scored his second

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OTTAWA — There was no denying the sense of relief from the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

Players jumped to their feet as Ilya Kovalchuk scored the overtime winner to give Montreal a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Most importantly, the win put an end to the Canadiens eight-game losing streak.

“That was a big goal for us,” admitted Carey Price who made 41 saves. “Obviously things haven’t been rosy around here, but it was a nice breath that was breathed into this team."

Kovalchuk signed a one-year, two-way contract on Jan. 3 with the Canadiens and was happy to play a part in the win.

Kovalchuk set to make Canadiens debut vs. Jets

  Kovalchuk set to make Canadiens debut vs. Jets Ilya Kovalchuk will suit up for his first game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night versus the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced. The veteran sniper practiced on the Habs' top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault on Monday morning, according to Sportsnet. Kovalchuk should get significant ice time between that role and the power play. "Obviously, the coach put me on one of the top lines, so it's a lot ofThe veteran sniper practiced on the Habs' top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault on Monday morning, according to Sportsnet. Kovalchuk should get significant ice time between that role and the power play.

The first two-goal game of his career gave the Chicago forward eight points in his last five games . Game notes Ducks RW and leading scorer Jakob Silfverberg missed his second game with an upper-body injury. Kovalchuk ’s OT goal gives Canadiens 2 - 1 win over Senators .

Kovalchuk ’s OT goal gives Canadiens 2 - 1 win over Senators . Ilya Kovalchuk ’s winner with 52 seconds left in overtime helped the Montreal Canadiens snap an eight - game losing streak with a 2 - 1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

“It’s good to get a first goal as a (Canadien), especially in OT,” said Kovalchuk. “I think the win is way more important to snap that eight-game losing streak and we need to build from there.”

Scoring game winners will make anyone popular, but Canadiens coach Claude Julien says Kovalchuk has fit right in since joining the team.

“He’s come in and been the ultimate pro,” said Julien. “(Saturday) he made a couple of nice passes where we had some great scoring chances and he scores the winning goal. He’s respectful of his shift lengths, he’s respectful of how we want to play. So, I think the guys look at a guy who’s been around for a long time buying in and he’s an easy guy to like.”

Coming into the game neither team had won since Dec. 23.

Montreal (19-20-7) is now 1-7-1 in its last nine, while the Senators are 0-4-3 through their last seven.

Cousins scores twice, Tatar records shootout winner as Canadiens edge Knights 5-4

  Cousins scores twice, Tatar records shootout winner as Canadiens edge Knights 5-4 MONTREAL — Tomas Tatar scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens held on for the dramatic 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Nick Cousins, with two, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia scored in regulation for the Canadiens (22-21-7), who have won four of their last five games. Carey Price made 31 saves for his fourth consecutive victory. Nick Cousins, with two, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia scored in regulation for the Canadiens (22-21-7), who have won four of their last five games. Carey Price made 31 saves for his fourth consecutive victory.

In a matchup of teams with eight - game losing streaks, Colin White was able to provide some much-needed relief for the Ottawa Senators . White's 11th goal at 1:34 of overtime lifted Ottawa to a 2 - 1 victory over the reeling Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. While the Senators got off to a good

Ottawa Senators ' Colin White, second from right, celebrates his game - winning goal past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, left, alongside teammates Dylan DeMelo ( 2 ) and Mark Stone, second from left, during overtime in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan.

Nick Suzuki scored in regulation for the Canadiens (19-20-7).

Price was instrumental for the Montreal on Saturday night and is hopeful that this can be the thing that kickstarts a winning streak.

“Winning solves all problems it seems,” said Price with a laugh.

Like his players, Julien was more than a little relieved to see the losing streak come to an end.

“The first win after that many losses is never an easy one,” Julien said. “We’ll take it and hopefully we’ll build from that.”

The Senators (16-22-7) were coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings in Detroit the night before. Marcus Hogberg, who got his second start in as many nights, kept Ottawa in the game making 23 saves.

While the losses continue to pile up for the Senators, players feel there’s a lot of good things being done and shouldn’t be overlooked.

“We’re going in the right direction, that’s one thing I know,” said Jean-Gabriel Pageau. “Everyone is on the same page and is playing the same way and that’s a good thing. When you lose by one goal it means you’re in every game.”

In the Habs' Room: Jesperi Kotkaniemi's fight lifts his team's spirits

  In the Habs' Room: Jesperi Kotkaniemi's fight lifts his team's spirits PHILADELPHIA — There was no shortage of heroes in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory over the Flyers Thursday night. Ilya Kovalchuk did what he does best, scoring two goals. The team’s leading scorer, Tomas Tatar, had a three-point night with a goal and two assists. And Carey Price continued his run of outstanding performances, making 40 saves. But when it came time for the players to select the player of the game, the honour went to 19-year-old Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who spent most of the third period sitting in the penalty box after dropping his gloves and traded punches with Robert Hagg. “That meant a lot to us and that’s why he was the player of the game,” Kovalchuk said.

While the Senators got off to a good start on their three-game road trip, the Ducks have lost a franchise-record nine straight — surpassing an eight - game skid in October 1996. “It felt great to get that push at the end and finally come up with a win ,” said White, who scored his second

The Blues won their eighth straight home game, their longest such Kovalchuk ’s OT goal gives Canadiens 2 - 1 win over Senators . Ilya Kovalchuk ’s winner with 52 seconds left in overtime helped the Montreal Canadiens snap an eight - game losing streak with a 2 - 1 win over the Ottawa Senators

Trailing 1-0, the Senators were finally able to beat Price at 13:32 of the third period on a broken play. Anthony Duclair came into the slot and was unable to get a shot off, before a loose puck was inadvertently redirected into the net by Montreal’s Matthew Peca, who made his return to the lineup after missing the last 14 games. Drake Batherson, who was the last Senator to touch the puck, was credited with the goal.

“That’s probably the luckiest goal I’ve ever scored,” said Batherson, who played his fourth game since being recalled on Jan. 4.

Batherson wasn’t as fortunate in overtime as he was caught staring down a two-on-one when Kovalchuk scored.

“That’s probably the first time since being a pro playing a two-on-one defensively,” said Batherson. “I didn’t really know what to do, but obviously it was a nice shot and hopefully I don’t get a two-on-one on me again.”

The Canadiens had a great opportunity to regain the lead minutes later, but Nate Thompson missed a wide-open net.

Both goalies were at their finest in the second making a number of big stops.

Hogberg made a great save on Artturi Lehkonen midway through the period, while Price made a big save on Chris Tierney as he broke in alone with Ottawa shorthanded. The Senators were swarming in the final minute of the period, but could not find a way to beat Price.

Shots were 8-8 in the opening period, but the Canadiens had the better chances and were finally able to beat Hogberg as Suzuki, with his ninth, opened the scoring on the power play midway through the opening period.

Notes: Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game due to the flu. The Canadiens were without Brendan Gallagher as he was dealing with headaches following Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Edmonton. Prior to Thursday's loss, Gallagher had missed four straight games due to a concussion. Ben Chiarot missed his second straight game due to a lower body injury.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2020.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

Stu Cowan: Signing Ilya Kovalchuk is a no-risk move by Canadiens .
It’s going to be very interesting to see what Ilya Kovalchuk can do in a Canadiens uniform. General manager Marc Bergevin signed the free agent to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday that will pay the 36-year-old winger US$700,000 in the NHL and US$70,000 in the AHL. It’s going to be very interesting to see what Ilya Kovalchuk can do in a Canadiens uniform. General manager Marc Bergevin signed the free agent to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday that will pay the 36-year-old winger US$700,000 in the But don’t expect Kovalchuk to ever play a game with the Laval Rocket.

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