Habs' Mike Komisarek (left) and teammates mob Alex Kovalev after beating the Ottawa Senators 5-3 at the Bell Centre on Feb. 21, 2009. Photograph by: John Kenney, The Gazette
Kovalev Powers Habs Past Sens 5-3 -- The Montreal Gazette
Alex Kovalev has a flair for the dramatic.
Kovalev returned from an enforced two-game sabbatical and his strong two-way performance led the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
“I feel like I’ve just been traded to a new team,” said Kovalev, who had a goal and two assists for his first multiple-point game since he had a goal and an assist against Toronto on Jan. 8.
The Canadiens had a quick start and Kovalev, who received a loud ovation prior to the game, elicited chants of “Kovy, Kovy, Kovy” as he played a key role on the first two Montreal goals.
On his first shift, his cross-ice pass set up Tomas Plekanec for a power-play goal at 2:23.
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