MONTREAL Nikolaj Ehlers led the direction as Winnipeg spoiled Ilya Kovalchuk's to start with recreation with Montreal.Ehlers experienced a function and an aid, and the Jets stored off the battling Canadiens for a 3-2 victory upon Monday evening.Andrew Copp and Josh Morrissey way too scored for Winnipeg, which experienced shed 5 of 6. Captain Blake Wheeler experienced 2 will help, and Connor Hellebuyck designed 29 will save.The 36-calendar year-previous Kovalchuk selected up an assistance within just his Canadiens debut. He agreed in direction of a a person-yr, 2-direction deal upon Friday.''I was a minimal fearful and it took me a handful of shifts in the direction of choose into the rhythm considering the fact that I didn't enjoy for 2 weeks,'' Kovalchuk stated. ''Whilst the These belief me, then on your own have to have toward supply almost everything.''It's specifically the setting up. I consist of in the direction of get the job done tough in the direction of receive improved. We missing the sport, hence no person can be happy. It can be superior.''Kovalchuk experienced a few aims and 6 will help within 17 online games with Los Angeles ahead of the Kings put him upon waivers closing thirty day period His prior recreation was upon Nov. 9 from his refreshing staff members at the Bell Heart.Defenseman Ben Chiarot scored two times for Montreal, which contains dropped 6 in just a row. Carey Price tag stopped 24 images.The Canadiens had been down 2-1 any time Copp scored his 6th of the time 10:16 into the 3rd interval. Copp stole the puck towards Cale Fleury at Winnipeg's blue line, skated the duration of the ice and battle Selling price upon a breakaway.Chiarot responded for Montreal, trimming Winnipeg's add in the direction of 3-2 anytime he shipped a wrist shot further than Hellebuyck upon his blocker facet with 8:13 still left. Yet the Jets retained upon, improving upon towards 3-5-2 in just their remaining 10 online games.Kovalchuk skated upon Montreal's supreme line, changing the wounded Brendan Gallagher , and upon the greatest energy-enjoy system. Admirers cheered loudly Whilst the Russian stepped on to the ice for his initially go.Kovalchuk dished out a large strike upon Luca Sbisa inside of the corner of the ice within just the moment, prompting ''Kovy'' chants versus the group.''It gave me minor goose bumps,'' he claimed. ''I relished it.''Just after a scoreless very first interval, Winnipeg took a 2-0 direct 5 minutes into the moment.Morrissey received his fourth at 1:32 with a wrist shot versus the blue line into hefty site visitors. The Jets then excess a limited-passed function. A mishandled puck as a result of Tomas Tatar inside of the impartial zone produced a 2-upon-0 breakaway for Wheeler and Ehlers Patrick Roy Face Mask, who exchanged passes in advance of conquering Expense.It was the 3rd small-passed objective authorized by means of the Canadiens this 12 months.''I was amazed it was a 2-upon-0,'' Wheeler claimed. ''Wonderful engage in as a result of him towards strip the puck. Each time I noticed we had been off in the direction of the races, I was precisely making an attempt in the direction of suck Price tag above in direction of offer him a small place in the direction of position it up.''Excess Ehlers: ''That 1 felt very good.''Down 2-0, Montreal pressed for a function and was rewarded Although Chiarot's slap shot versus exterior the confront-off circle flew previous Hellebuyck at 11:03 for his profession-higher 7th purpose this time.NOTES: Jets D Sami Niku performed his to start with activity for the reason that October Nick Suzuki Flag. 8. ... Rate is 10-4-1 all-season versus the Jets Brendan Gallagher T-Shirt. ... Montreal defeated Winnipeg 6-2 upon Dec. 23.UP NEXTJets: Go to the Toronto Maple Leafs upon Wednesday.Canadiens: Take a look at the Detroit Purple Wings upon Tuesday evening