The 36-year-old Ilya Kovalchuk was playing his 905th National Hockey League game, but he showed all the enthusiasm of a rookie after he scored in the first period to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. "We have to make it easier on our defence and our goalies by putting the puck in deep and making them move 200 feet".
Fleury made highlight-reel saves on Phillip Danault and Kovalchuk on odd-man rushes in overtime to force a shootout, where Kovalchuk and Tatar scored. And while the future looks bright, especially once you consider Mattias Norlinder and Jacob LeGuerrier were also indirectly part of the blockbuster trade with the Knights, it's impossible to ignore the present, especially given what Tomas Tatar, considered a throw-in to the deal at the time because Gerard Gallant couldn't find a spot for him in his lineup, has brought to the Canadiens. He scored his 21st goal with less than two minutes to play to cut the Montreal lead to 4-3 and he finished with a game-high seven shots on goal.
Montreal has some momentum with four wins in their last five games after Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell Centre.
Craig Anderson made 39 saves in his first game since January 7, but the Senators extended their losing streak to nine games (0-5-4).
The 36-year-old Kovalchuk scored his fourth in a Canadiens uniform to double the lead at 12:33.
The goal was Kovalchuk's first at Bell Centre since 2011.
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The second period was all Vegas, they attacked Price's net relentlessly with 11 shots while the Canadiens only managed 6 on Fleury's net. Now on a one-year deal with the Canadiens, the 36-year-old has been impressive in his first eight games with the franchise, posting four goals and four assists. I never played in an environment like that, so it's big.
"I talked to the National Hockey League about it and they let me go, but I didn't feel comfortable (I would go)", Gallant told the Pioneer Journal. "My coach is coming to L.A. So I'll be ready to go when we come back". Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 of 32 shots.
"When you're a young team and you're learning how to win (it's tough)", said Connor Brown, who had a goal and an assist.
In the second game under new coach Peter DeBoer, the Golden Knights (25-19-6) scored twice in the second period to come within one.
Marchessault cut it to 3-1 in the second when he gathered a clever pass from Smith from behind Price and buried a marker at 9:08. Veteran Stastny jammed a loose puck past Price to make it 3-2 at 14:47. That gave Montreal a 4-2 lead, but it wasn't enough to seal the win as former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scored his 22nd goal with a shade less than two minutes to play, and Reilly Smith scored with 7.5 seconds remaining in regulation time to send the game into overtime.
"It's nice to get rewarded", said Cousins of his fourth line. "We're all hard-working guys". I was just fortunate to be at the end of finishing plays after two great passes from Weisey. The Canadiens have a 10-12-4 home record on the season.