Ilya Kovalchuk brand and delivers the Canadian extension

Ilya Kovalchuk marque et délivre le Canadien en prolongation

Ilya Kovalchuk (17) has found the back of the net for the first time in the uniform of the Canadian.

January 11, 2020 22h10

Updated at 23.31


Ilya Kovalchuk brand and delivers the Canadian extension

The canadian Press


OTTAWA — Ilya Kovalchuk has found the right time to score his first goal with the Canadian and montreal defeated the Senators 2-1 in overtime, Saturday night, to put an end to a series of eight reverse.

Kovalchuk, who was on his fourth game with the Habs, was brought in two-on-one with Phillip Danault and he was very patient before unleashing a powerful strike of the wrists that Marcus Hogberg has not been able to stop. It was the fourth goal of the season, the Russian 36-year-old.

“This is a player that we wanted to be for this kind of circumstances,” said head coach Claude Julien about Kovalchuk. In addition to his goal, he makes good games, he makes passes that lead to scoring opportunities and he is disciplined. I find that it buys what you want to accomplish with this team.”

Without the brilliance of Carey Price, the extension may not have taken place. Price has kept the fort in the third period, while his teammates were dominated 16-2 in shots, and he made 41 stops to get their 17th win this season.

“Carey was really good tonight,” added Julien. The warden must give us a chance to win and that is what he has done. He deserves a lot of credit for the win tonight.”

The Canadian (19-20-7) was the end of his second sequence of eight defeats of the campaign by beating the Senators (16-22-7) for the second time in three games this season. Three duels have need of the extension. Brady Tkachuk had played the hero at the first meeting, while Ben Chiarot him was reciprocated at the second.

Nick Suzuki has taken advantage of a numerical advantage to hit the target in the first round, but the Habs has not been able to give the coup de grace in regulation time. The men of Claude Julien, however, have been a good extension off of not less than eight throws.

A bond coincidence has allowed the Senators to force the holding of an additional term to the result of an attempt of feint Drake Batherson. The latter was credited with his first goal of the campaign, in its sixth part.

In his second start in 24 hours, Hogberg has sold two times in 25 tosses. It was the fifth time in nine games in 2019-20 that he had to take part in the extension.

The Blue-white-red will return to action on Monday night, while the Calgary Flames will be visiting the Bell Centre.

In a bout that could have a small impact on the lottery Alexis Lafrenière, the Canadian was the first training to open the scoring. During a penalty to Dylan DeMelo, Suzuki took a pass from Jeff Petry, and he took a shot of the wrists, precise beat Hogberg on the side of the blocker.

Montrealers have, however, lifted the foot in the second period and the Senators have taken the opportunity to take 32 free throws in the last 40 minutes of regular time against only nine for the visitors.

“Especially when it is your first victory after a number of defeats, this is never easy. I think that in the first 35 minutes of the game, we would have had to conduct a lot more than 1-0, observed the head coach of the Canadian. These are the things that we do wrong by the time because we give the opportunity to the other team stay in the game.”

While there were less than seven minutes remaining in the third engagement, the troupe of Ottawa was attacked in the area opposing and Batherson has attempted a feint. He lost the puck, but the attacker of the Canadian Matthew Peca, who had not played since 10 December, he accidentally pushed the object into his own net.

This blunder, however, has been repaired in overtime, thanks to Kovalchuk.

In addition, forward Brendan Gallagher missed the game due to headaches. Julien has confirmed that Gallagher had remained in Montreal and he remained under evaluation.

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