Edmonton Oilers start slow but rally to win in Montreal

Saturday, 11 Jan, 2020

Montreal hosts Winnipeg looking to end its three-game home slide. Suzuki also produced a goal and an assist in the contest.

Weeks after being released by the Los Angeles Kings, Kovalchuck signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

"I don't think we've come too strongly forward and they really dictated the game for the first 10 minutes and it was back on our path", said Auston Matthews of Toronto.

"I'm competitive, so I want to win and I want to be out there and battling".

"It's just the beginning".

Edmonton's top-ranked power play got to work in the third period when Danault took a hooking penalty. Montreal has lost four-straight games by a single goal. "It can be better". The veteran Russian sniper now has three points in two games with his new team. His last game was on November 9, coincidentally against his new hockey club at the Bell Centre.

But Chiarot, a Winnipeg defenseman for six seasons, made it 2-1 at 11:03 by installing a laser from the top of the left circle that beat Hellebuyck on the short side. Carey Price stopped 24 shots.

The NHL Twitter account shared the video of the arena singing "O Canada" at full volume before the start of the game. Kailer Yamamoto made it a 3-0 game with his second of the year at 1:36 off assists from Caleb Jones and Leon Draisaitl.

With Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron and Joel Armia all injured, Kovalchuk will help bridge the gap to their return.

Kovalchuk dished out a big hit on Luca Sbisa in the corner of the ice in the second, prompting "Kovy" chants from the crowd.

I don't really know what to say here folks, but I guess it's pretty simple.

Edmonton did not need much time to take a three-goal lead early in the second, ending Andersen's night in the process.

Morrissey got the breakthrough at 1:32 with a wrist shot from the blue line into heavy traffic.

With 13 years of National Hockey League experience, Price is part of a leadership group that is being counted on to keep spirits high, with a goal of maintaining confidence for some of his younger teammates who are experiencing one of the more challenging aspects of life in National Hockey League. Artturi Lehkonen fed Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the slot off the rush and the Finnish centre scored his sixth of the season to give the Habs a 2-0 advantage. "Great play by him to strip the puck". Kovalchuk's first shift was marked with a small but noticeable ovation from the Bell Centre patrons that I'm sure gave the aging sniper a bit of legs to start the game.

Added Ehlers: "That one felt good".

Kovalchuk had nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and 12 penalty minutes over 17 games this season with the Los Angeles Kings, who placed him on waivers last month.

NOTES: Jets D Sami Niku played his first game since October 8.

In their last matchup on December 27, Calgary won 5-1.

It was a goal that broke the Leafs' back, but even Toronto fans couldn't hold back their amazement.

Andrew Copp's breakaway goal midway through the third period, his shot trickling through the legs of Carey Price as Copp crashed into the end boards, gave the Jets a 3-1 lead and turned out to be the victor.