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Kovalev scores twice as Senators down Canadiens

Nov 7, 2010 - 2:02 AM
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Alex Kovalev scored two goals to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, at the Bell Centre.

Zack Smith also lit the lamp for the Senators, who have won three straight and five of their last six games overall. Peter Regin and Erik Karlsson both had two assists, while Brian Elliott stopped 21 shots to earn his seventh win of the season.

"(The win) is definitely a confidence builder. We just have to keep it going," Elliott said.

Jaroslav Spacek had a goal for the Canadiens and assisted on a tally by Brian Gionta.

Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal, which has dropped three of four.

Kovalev's power-play goal put Ottawa up 3-1 at the 6:42 mark of the third period, but Gionta took a pass in the neutral zone from Spacek and carried the puck down the right wing before firing a wrister that beat Elliott with 4:07 remaining.

Price was pulled for an extra skater with 1:32 left, but a costly icing call hemmed the Canadiens in their end.

"Price played a great game, made some big saves and gave us a chance towards the end, but penalties and odd-man rushes were the problem," Gionta said.

Kovalev opened the scoring when he redirected a Karlsson point shot with 2:10 to go in the first period. Smith made it 2-0 at 12:15 of the middle stanza.

Spacek put Montreal on the board with a slap shot from the right point with 1:21 to play in the second period.

Game Notes

Regin played his 100th career game...Ottawa has won eight of the last 11 games against Montreal...The Senators finished 1-for-6 on the power play.