The Senators wanted to use the Hockey Night in Canada stage to serve notice they’re back and they did that with their third straight win, thanks to a two-goal performance by Kovalev, the former Habs winger, in a 3-2 victory at the Bell Centre.
Kovalev, roundly booed when he touches the puck in Montreal, now sits only three points shy of 1,000 in his career.
Kovalev claimed his days of taking extra pleasure in beating Montreal are behind him. He was happy the Senators were able to get their first victory over the Habs in three tries this season.
“I thought I might get a couple of more goals. I’m not going to be greedy. Two is good and getting the win,” said Kovalev. “We didn’t play well the last two games against them and (these are) big points.
“I don’t feel (spite) anymore. They (the fans) can do whatever they want. For me, it becomes like any other city I go to.”