Ilya Kovalchuk, Montreal Canadiens agree on a one-year contract

Ilya Kovalchuk

NHL rumors: Ex-Devil Ilya Kovalchuk signs with Montreal Canadiens

Let McDavid do McDavid things and don't worry about having someone on the roster who can stop one of the top players of all time in the two games a season you face him.

"It could have gone better and I could have buried the one in the second period that went through his legs", Copp said, referring to a previous clear-cut chance against Price.

"This is what I said at the beginning of the year, it's 50-50, just like the challenges", said head coach Claude Julien. I think (Griffins coach) Ben Simon and our development group has done a real good job with him.

Montreal has dropped seven straight games. "It can be better".

Ilya Kovalchuk, playing his first game as a Canadien, finished with four shots on goal and six hits. His previous game was on November 9 against his new team at Bell Centre.

Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves.

LAST 10 GAMES: Jets: 3-5-2, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.4 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with a.885 save percentage. Kovalchuk skated on the top line, replacing the injured Brendan Gallagher (concussion), and on the top power-play unit. Fans cheered loudly when the Russian stepped onto the ice for his first shift.

Morrissey got the breakthrough at 1:32 with a wrist shot from the blue line into heavy traffic. A mishandled puck by Tomas Tatar in the neutral zone created a 2-on-0 breakaway for Wheeler and Ehlers, who exchanged passes before beating Price.

The Leafs have allowed the 2nd most shots against this year in the league, and the 7th most goals. 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.

As Holland put it on Toronto radio earlier this week: "What we did in the summer time is we signed a whole lot of players that we call professional hockey players, they're guys between the age of 24 and 27 that had played professional hockey in North America or Europe".

And when the hated Calgary Flames rolled into Edmonton after the Christmas break and handed the Oilers an eighth loss in 10 games, a 5-1 drubbing at Rogers Place, it was 'Here We Go Again, ' all over again. It felt good to contribute on the scoresheet.

Kovalchuk managed only three goals and nine points in 17 games with the Kings this season. Obviously, it is a short sample size; time will tell if Kovalchuk can continue to play this way, but tonight was an excellent game by this clear addition of skill on this roster.

After a scoreless first period, the Jets scored twice in the first five minutes of the second period. "¦ Montreal defeated Winnipeg 6-2 on December 23".

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning were starting to come around, but that wild card spot wasn't locked in stone just yet.

Zadina snapped a tie with 3:52 remaining in regulation Tuesday, and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena.

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