Saku Koivu doesn't want to think about the possibility his team's visit to Bell Centre on Thursday may have been his last.

But if it was it was a great way for the former Montreal Canadiens captain to go out.

Koivu's Anaheim Ducks weren't able to get him a win Thursday as Tomas Plekanec had a goal and two assists and Carey Price made 31 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 victory.

But the game's result was overshadowed by what came afterward with Koivu receiving a lengthy standing ovation from the fans who cheered him on for 14 years in a Canadiens uniform the final 10 of them as captain.

With his 39th birthday approaching there is a very real possibility that the sight of Koivu taking a bow as the Montreal fans serenaded him with cheers before disappearing into the visitors' tunnel may have been his Bell Centre swan song.

And that would suit Koivu just fine.

"That was amazing but let's not get ahead of ourselves; there's a lot of hockey left this year and we'll see" Koivu said. "But if that was the one the last time it was exactly the way I imagined."

Koivu obviously would have preferred that moment came after a Ducks win but the line of Plekanec rookie Michael Bournival and captain Brian Gionta didn't allow that to happen combining for three goals and four assists to help snap a two-game losing streak for the Canadiens (6-4-0).

The line has been rolling lately for the Canadiens taking over the offensive burden from the line of Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Plekanec has four goals and three assists in his past four games Bournival extended his point streak to four games with two goals and three assists in that span and Gionta has two goals and two assists in four games.

"The chemistry is there with those three guys" said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien who put Bournival on his second line two games ago due to injuries. "Bournival brings a lot of speed. He skates really well he competes and he's taking advantage of playing with two good veteran players. Plekanec is playing well now [Gionta] the same thing so [Bournival] is using the experience he's getting on that line to make him successful."

Plekanec got off to a slow start with a goal and an assist the first six games but he now has nine points in 10 games this season good for second on the team. He didn't hesitate to point to the rookie Bournival for sparking him and Gionta.

"We can't give him enough credit; he really made our line much better" Plekanec said. "He's strong on the puck he's skating he's creating turnovers and he makes it easy on everyone. He's playing great hockey."

Patrick Maroon scored the lone goal and Jonas Hiller made 21 saves for the Ducks (7-3-0) who have lost two straight to start their season-long eight-game road trip.

The two losses snapped a seven-game win streak for Anaheim and coach Bruce Boudreau is at a loss to explain why his team has played so poorly after such a long stretch of strong play.