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Canadiens-Maple Leafs: New-Look Habs Snap Home Skid

Francois GendronSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2007

Icon Sports MediaThe Montreal Canadiens won a second consecutive game for the first time in a long time on Saturday, snapping a six-game home drought in a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Habs owe it all to their new first line.

Saku Koivu, Christopher Higgins, and newcomer Sergei Kostitsyn worked together for the second game in a row, and created enough turmoil around the Leafs net to push the Canadiens to an early lead.

Koivu contributed two goals in breaking out of a long slump, with Higgins assisting on both. Kostitsyn notched his first NHL point in his second game since being called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs.  

Sergei's arrival seems to have woken up his brother Andrei, who added a goal and an assist. Alex Kovalev's team-leading 14th goal of the season pushed the score to 4-0 in the third period.

Rookie goaltender Carey Price lost his first career shutout late in the game, when he missed a screened shot from Boyd Devereaux.

As it stands, the tweaked lineup finally seems to have the Habs pointed in the right direction. But will the success last?

Next up are the Florida Panthers, who visit the Bell Centre before the Canadiens go on the road for six straight games to ring out 2007.

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