Saku Koivu’s two goals Saturday carried the Canadiens over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.
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It had been nearly 13 1/2 games, elapsed time, since Canadiens captain Saku Koivu had scored. On Saturday, his timing was impeccable.
Koivu scored the Canadiens’ first two goals in Montreal’s solid 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Habs their first two-game win streak since Nov. 8.
With his parents in the Bell Centre stands, visiting from Finland for the holidays, Koivu scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, the first he’s scored since Montreal’s home-ice win Nov. 17 against the Boston Bruins. And in so doing, he again silenced the critics who have been dogging him of late.
After the game, Koivu explained that while his two goals were important, of more significance was the way the Canadiens played 60 minutes of winning hockey, bottling their success of the road and bringing it home. Here you’ll find Monday’s Gazette column by Dave Stubbs, and the audio portion of the dressing-room interview, which runs about 7:30.