Saku! Saku! Saku!
The ovation began with Saku Koivu taking a late-game faceoff and continues through his selection as the game's Third Star.
Good on us.
And good on the Canadiens, who broke their two-game losing streak with a solid effort against an Anaheim team that looked sluggish until late in the second period.
Tomas Plekanec, the game's first star, had a goal and added two assists. Rookie Michaël Bournival had a goal and an assist. The other scorers were Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque.
Carey Price made 31 saves for his milestone 150th career win.
Never in doubt
Ptrick Maroon made it interesting with a goal nine minutes into the period.
But fresh out of the penalty box, Rene Bourque beat Jonas Hiller with a stoppable backhander to seal the deal.
After Brian Gionta scored his third of the season on a 5-on-3 Canadiens power play, Anaheim outshot the home side 10-3 and tested Carey Price severely.
Shots on the period were 16-9 for the visitors.
What's with this team and middle periods?
Stop me if you've heard this one before ...
Your Montreal Canadiens lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.
But a new hero tonight: Speedy, hard-working rookie Michaël Bournival scored the first goal of the game (and his second of the season) and assisted on the Tomas Plekanec slapper that made it 2-0. Bournival has points in four straight games.
It was Pleks' fifth of the young season.
Canadiens had a 10-7 shot advantage
Thursday night's game may be the last time Montreal hockey fans see Saku Koivu skate on Bell Centre ice.
Unless the Canadiens and Ducks meet in the Stanley Cup final.
Just to be on the safe side, Montrealers who want to wave goodbye to the team's former captain may wish to do so during the only Anaheim visit of the season.
The Ducks are coming off a 4-2 loss Tuesday night in Toronto. Koivu, who turns 39 on Nov. 23, played almost 15 minutes.
Tonight's refs: Frédérick L'Écuyer and ... wait for it ... CHRIS F. LEE.
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