Kovalev Improved over Murray’s Call Out?

Perhaps being called out by his GM Bryan Murray a couple of weeks ago has helped motivate forward Alex Kovalev who on Saturday night scored twice in pacing the Sens to a 3-2 win against his former team the Montreal Canadiens. Even though Kovalev has been gone for a couple of years now he still received some rough treatment as he was booed by the Bell Centre faithful every time he touched the puck. “I don’t feel it any more,” Kovalev who now has five goals said about getting that special feeling in playing his former team. “It becomes like any other city I go to– I just want to win.” Kovalev, who left Montreal after the 2008/09 season is now only three points shy of the 1,000 point plateau. It’s something that he doesn’t want to think about right now. “We’ll talk about that (milestone) after,” he said. “Right now what’s important is that we keep winning games and keep climbing up in the standings. It’s a great achievement. If you look back at coming into the NHL at 19 and going over 1,000 games and getting to 1,000 points, that’s a long journey and I’m definately proud of myself.” Ottawa who won their first game against Montreal this season also got a solid performance from Peter Regin who had two assists as did defenceman Erik Karlsson. The Senators who are now seventh in the Eastern Conference with 15 points also got a goal from Zack Smith. Meanwhile Montreal who have lost three of their past four games got their goals from Brian Gionta and Jaroslav Spacek. Montreal who were outshot on the night 31-23 seemed a little sluggish as they were coming off a 3-2 Friday night victory against the Buffalo Sabres. “Give credit to our opponents- they were fresh and worked harder than us,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. “The last time we played them in Ottawa they had played the night before and we were fresh.”

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