What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours after suffering through endless questions and allegations, the Canadiens came out with a solid team effort on the ice this afternoon in defeating the visiting Senators 5-3.
With the crowd firmly behind him the returning Alex Kovalev didn't disappoint, tallying 3 points and playing an excellent all-around game at both ends of the ice. The powerplay continued it's excellence following the addition of Mathieu Schneider, scoring 3 times and further proving that an effective shot from the point reminiscent of Sheldon Souray or Mark Streit has been sorely lacking for most of the year. As well, Jaroslav Halak was solid in goal, making a total of 44 stops with many of them coming at key points in the game.
The win should give the Habs some temporary relief from the media, as well as earning them 2 big points in the standings. Let's just hope that they can keep up this same sort of effort in their next game on Tuesday night when the Canucks come to town for a visit.