Souray back on right track

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Things are looking up for Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray.

Back in familiar territory, the native of Elk Point will have a heaping helping of friends and family at the tonight's game against the Oilers.

And those well-wishers will get to see Souray coming off his best game of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

It was the type of performance Souray and the Canadiens had been waiting for following a mediocre start to the season for a player who earned a spot in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game.

"The coaches kept on me and kept giving me confidence by putting me in situations to succeed," said Souray. "I guess I'm trying to pay them and my teammates back."

Souray conceded that his slow start had much do with his divorce from model and former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges.

It became a much-publicized affair when police were called to his home in October following an alleged altercation between the two.

"Sometimes in life things happen that you can't really control," explained Souray. "The hardest thing was the just the way it came out and some things that were said were tough. But I feel the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders in the last little bit with some of the things that have come out and now I can focus on playing hockey."

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: With Saku Koivu on the shelf with a severe bout of stomach flu and Alex Kovalev doubtful, Claude Julien may look to a handful of callups from the Hamilton Bulldogs including Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Perezhogin, Chris Higgins and Alexei Kostitsyn.

"We've got a lot of first-year players up front for us right now and it just means we've got to work that much harder to make things happen," said Julien.


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