Veteran ahead Ilya Kovalchuk felt good in his Montreal Canadiens debut regardless of not getting the win.
Kovalchuk had an help and 4 pictures in a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday evening, Montreal’s sixth straight defeat.
The 36-year-old additionally had six hits a plus-2 ranking in 19:25 of ice time.
“I used to be a bit of nervous and it took me a couple of shifts to get into the rhythm as a result of I did not play for 2 months,” mentioned Kovalchuk, who agreed to a one-year, two-way contract final week. “When the folks belief me, then you definately wish to give all the pieces. Coach put me in and I attempted my finest.
“It is just the start. I’ve to work exhausting to get higher. We misplaced the sport, so no person might be happy. It may be higher.”
Kovalchuk had three objectives and 6 assists in 17 video games with Los Angeles earlier than the Kings positioned him on waivers final month. His earlier recreation was on Nov. 9 towards his new workforce at Bell Centre.
The Russian ahead skated on the highest line Monday, changing the injured Brendan Gallagher (concussion), and on the highest power-play unit.
Kovalchuk dished out a giant hit on Luca Sbisa within the nook of the ice within the second, prompting “Kovy” chants from the Bell Centre crowd.
“It gave me little goose bumps,” he mentioned of the fan response. “I appreciated it.”
Down 2-1 early within the third, Kovalchuk almost scored from the slot however the puck bounced over his stick. He crashed the web a couple of minutes later however couldn’t jam a unfastened puck previous Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
“He regarded good out…