Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Scores Twice as Montreal Beats Washington in NHL Exhibition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Scores Twice as Montreal Beats Washington in NHL Exhibition

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Canadiens beat Capitals 5-2 in pre-season play


MONTREAL - Alexander Radulov knows how to make a first impression.

In his much-anticipated Canadiens debut, Radulov scored and added an assist to lead Montreal to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in NHL pre-season action on Tuesday.

"It's always fun to score, I'm not going to lie," said Radulov after seeing his first NHL action since 2012. "Especially with that many fans cheering for you. Even if it's an exhibition game, it's still nice to get the confidence going."

Radulov wasted no time getting his first goal in a Canadiens uniform, scoring on the power play at 4:12 of the first period to put Montreal up 1-0.

The Russian, who signed a one-year contract with Montreal in the off-season, got the blade of his stick on Greg Pateryn's shot from the point to deflect the puck past Washington goaltender Vitek Vanecek.

"Everybody wants to prove (themselves)," said Radulov, who has 47 goals in 154 NHL regular-season games. "This is the time to show what you can do. That's why the game was going really fast. It was intense. Everyone was going hard."

The 30-year-old veteran, who played the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow in the KHL, also got an assist on Nathan Beaulieu's goal later that period.

With the Canadiens again on the power play, the former Nashville Predator and QMJHL star made a spectacular pass to Beaulieu from one face-off circle to the other. With Vanecek out of position, Beaulieu slotted home his first of the pre-season.

Montreal finished 2 for 6 with the man advantage.

Head coach Michel Therrien had nothing but praise for Radulov.

"He played a great game," said Therrien. "One thing that's clear is that he came to play hockey. He was intense and his plays were beautiful. He really took control of that game.

"It was fun to see."

With most of Montreal's veterans out of the lineup, the Canadiens (1-1-0) got a big offensive boost from several unheralded players. …

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