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Senators 3, Canadiens 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:37 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 3, Canadiens 2
Ottawa Senators 3, Montréal Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) -Alex Kovalev didn't want to say much about what closing in on the 1,000-point milestone means to him. Ultimately, he said it all.

Kovalev scored twice for his 996th and 997th career points, and the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Kovalev, who played for Montreal from 2003-09, opened the scoring late in the first period. He added his second goal of the game on a power play 6:42 into the third, a slap shot through traffic past Carey Price that restored Ottawa's two-goal lead at 3-1.

"Let me close on it first - we'll talk about it after," Kovalev said. "It's a great achievement, that's all I can say. You know, you look back and you get to the NHL at 19 years old and now you're over 1,000 games and getting to 1,000 points. I mean, it's a long journey and a big achievement. I'm definitely proud of myself."

Brian Elliott made 21 saves and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators, who have won six of eight since getting off to a 1-4-1 start. Erik Karlsson and Peter Regin each had two assists.

Ottawa enjoyed a 31-23 advantage in shots, including 17-6 in the second period.

"We did a good job right off the bat," Elliott said. "We quieted them down and scored a couple of goals. We didn't really give them much, especially in the second period. It was definitely good as a confidence builder. We just have to keep going."

Brian Gionta scored with 4:07 left in the third to draw the Canadiens within one. Jaroslav Spacek also scored for Montreal, which won 3-2 in Buffalo on Friday. Price made 28 saves.

"We had some flashes of good stuff but there were too many odd-man rushes and with guys like that, they're going to make you pay," Gionta said.

Kovalev got credit for his fourth goal of the season when he gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead 17:50 in. Karlsson's point shot through traffic struck the Russian veteran on its way past Price.

Smith, recalled from Binghamton of the AHL earlier in the day, put Ottawa up 2-0 in the second. He got his second of the season with a third effort on a loose puck Price was unable to cover up 12:15 into the middle period.

Spacek drew the Canadiens within 2-1 with 1:21 left in second. A video review confirmed that the Montreal defenseman's shot from the right point deflected off Sergei Gonchar's stick on its way past Elliott.

Montreal's Andrei Markov tipped a puck into the net 11:07 in. Referee Mike Leggo immediately waved off the goal because the Canadiens defenseman had made contact above the level of the crossbar.

NOTES: Kovalev has 417 goals and 580 assists in 1,242 games with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Ottawa. ... Elliott made his 10th straight start. ... Ds Alexandre Picard and Ryan O'Byrne and C Lars Eller did not dress for Montreal.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:50
OTT
Alex Kovalev (4) Deflected shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (4), Peter Regin (6)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
12:15
OTT
Zack Smith (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (5), Jesse Winchester (2)
2 - 0 OTT
18:39
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (6), Mike Cammalleri (5)
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
06:42
OTT
PPG - Alex Kovalev (5) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (8), Peter Regin (7)
3 - 1 OTT
15:53
MTL
Brian Gionta (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (3), Roman Hamrlik (5)
3 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
05:31
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Chris Kelly
08:15
OTT
Chris Kelly  Tripping against  P.K. Subban
09:25
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Hooking against  Scott Gomez
10:09
MTL
Mike Cammalleri  Slashing against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
12:55
MTL
Jeff Halpern  Holding the stick against  Chris Neil
18:57
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Sergei Gonchar
3rd Period
05:59
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Interference against  Jason Spezza
12:40
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Carey Price
Carey Price
7-5-1
SA: 31TOI: 58:51
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1