Canadiens moved to within a point of Ottawa in the Eastern Conference standings by edging the Senators 4-3 in a game that got very tense – and occcasionally nasty – in the third period.
When it was over, Christopher Higgins – sporting his new beard and a fat, bloodied lip – talked about the line that stole the show en route to sweeping the post-game three stars.
Alex Kovalev, Higggins said, "leaves a couple guys open-mouthed on the bench."
"It’s really fun to watch that line," he added.
For much of the game, the Senators watched Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostistyn conduct a puck-control clinic. Each member of the line racked up three points in the win.
Kovalev said he and his linemates were happy with the way they’ve been playing, but the Canadiens need "one, two, three, even four good lines.
"You create plays, you try different things," Kovalev added. "Eventually you get to the stage where you pretty much know where everybody is without looking.
"I’m happy with the way our line is going right nnow. We should push ourselves a little bit more to be more successful."
In analyzing Ottawa’s comeback from a three-goal deficit after 40 minutes, Kovalev said Canadiens "stopped skating and putting pressure on their D and the game turned right away."
"We should have done that at the beginning (of the third period). It looks like it takes us a few minutes to wake up in every period."
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It took me the whole game to wake up to a technical goof (commited by me) that wiped out all my live blogging.
I’ve restored it … if anyone cares at this point.