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Kovalev, Canadiens too strong for Stars

DALLAS (Ticker) -- All-Star MVP Alexei Kovalev snapped a tie

with just over five minutes remaining in the second period as

the Montreal Canadiens scored three unanswered goals en route to

a 3-1 triumph over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Christopher Higgins and Andrei Kostitsyn also tallied for

Montreal, which snapped a modest two-game losing streak and

recorded its first win at Dallas since March 4, 1998.

All-Star Carey Price turned aside 30 shots to improve to 3-10-1

in 16 games since returning from a lower body injury that

sidelined him for three weeks.

"The last two games, he's started to realize what he needs to do

to be successful," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "He was

focused and made some good saves."

The Canadiens also improved to 4-12-1 in their last 17 road

games.

"It's a bit of a relief," Price said of the rare road win. "We

know there's a lot of work ahead of us. We have to keep it

going. Home ice has been better for us. We're looking forward

to getting back."

"We haven't played well on the road," Montreal's Tom Kostopoulos

said. "We're looking forward to getting home and getting the

fans behind us. Hopefully we get on a roll and break away from

the pack."

Loui Eriksson netted his team-leading 32nd goal and Marty Turco

finished with 16 saves for Dallas, which fell to 2-6-1 in its

last nine games.

Eriksson's power-play tally notwithstanding, the Stars went

1-for-10 with the man advantage.

"We thought we had some good chances on the power play, we just

couldn't score on the opportunities we got," Eriksson said. "We

had a lot of chances, but we couldn't score. We got the one,

but that's not good enough."

"The difference was, I think we could have put the game away in

the first with all those power plays," defenseman Stephane

Robidas said. "We kind of gave them momentum back after they

killed all those power plays, they were pretty pumped up and

they came back."

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