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Kovalev named NHL first star of the week

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Habs fans weren’t the only ones who enjoyed Alex Kovalev’s torrid stretch last week. Clearly, the NHL is also feeling Kovy these days. 

Kovalev was named the NHL’s first star of the week, becoming the first Habs player to earn the nod since Carey Price did the same exactly one year ago to the day.

On his way to leading the Canadiens to perfect 3-0 record, Kovalev piled up nine points, including a pair of goals and seven assists. The Montreal power play looking like it’s old dominant self is also thanks in large part to the Russian winger whose explosive week saw him pile up seven of his points with the man advantage.

The 36-year-old’s monster week also saw him vault himself into a heated battle with Andrei Markov for the club lead in points this season. After surpassing Andrei Kostitsyn for the team high in goals with 24, Kovalev is now only one point back of Markov with 63 points.

Also getting a little love from the league were Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin and David Backes of the Blues who were named second and third stars, respectively.

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