MONTREAL, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Alex Kovalev had a goal and an assist in his return to Montreal Saturday to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Canadiens 3-1.
The popular Kovalev left Montreal as a free agent during the off-season after the Habs did not offer him a contract.
"I didn't know what to expect, the booing or the cheering," Kovalev said. "It's all about recognition and I really appreciate all the fans tonight."
Montreal, which dropped five consecutive games, had a goal from Mike Cammalleri. Carey Price allowed three goals on 21 shots.
Neil opened the scoring at 9:16 of the first period, but Cammalleri tied it with 27 seconds to play in the period.
Alfredsson broke the tie at 4:44 of the second period with an assist from Kovalev, who made it 3-1 with a goal of his own at 8:32 of the third.