Game 7: Kovalev, Leclaire extend Habs’ woes

Senators Mike Fisher celebrates a second period goal by teammate Daniel Alfredsson against Canadiens goaltender Carey Price Saturday night. Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The boo-birds were out at the Bell Centre on Saturday night as the Canadiens’ struggles continued, losing 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Alex Kovalev’s return to Montreal. And l’Artiste received a mixed response from the crowd when the game started, but the fans gave him a loud ovation after he scored Ottawa’s third goal on a blistering wrist shot from the high slot, where he was left totally alone on a defensive breakdown in the Canadiens end. Kovalev also assisted on a second period goal for his first multi-point game of the season. Montreal came out like gangbusters in the first period, outshooting the Sens 13-3, but could only get one of those shots past Pascal Leclaire on Michael Cammalleri’s first goal in a Canadiens uniform.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens gave the Senators a pair of 5-on-3 power plays in the second period. Unlike the Canadiens, who couldn’t score on their own two-man advantage in the first period, the Senators took advantage of their chance when Daniel Alfredsson scored on a pass from Kovalev.

• What It Means: The Canadiens have now lost five straight games and the only reason they are not in last place in their division is because they mercifully share it with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have yet to win a game this season.

• What’s Next: The surprising Atlanta Thrashers, who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 Saturday night to improve to 4-1 on the season, are the next Bell Centre visitors on Tuesday night.

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