Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tkachuk Scores First Pre-Season Goal as Senators Lose to Canadiens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tkachuk Scores First Pre-Season Goal as Senators Lose to Canadiens

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Tatar completes comeback for Habs over Sens


MONTREAL - Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher has nothing but praise for first-round draft pick Brady Tkachuk.

Tkachuk scored his first pre-season goal Saturday as the Senators lost 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.

The 18-year-old is looking to carve himself a spot on Ottawa's opening-day roster.

"He's got a lot of enthusiasm," said Boucher of the fourth-overall pick in this summer's NHL draft. "A kid that's not just physically strong. He's extremely open, very coachable. So that's fun for a coach. The minute you ask him something, he does it right away."

Tkachuk -- the son of NHL veteran Keith Tkachuk and the brother of the Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk -- spent last season at Boston College, but hasn't looked out of place with the Senators.

"He's adapting every day and he's piling on the details and he's showing it every day," said Boucher. "He's had a terrific development camp, rookie camp and now the main camp. Up until now, it's as good as you can expect."

Tkachuk got the Senators on the board just 1:15 into the game. The streaking winger took a pass from Mark Stone as he entered the Canadiens' zone. Tkachuk found another gear as he blew past Montreal defenceman Jeff Petry before beating Carey Price between the pads.

It was Ottawa's first shot on goal.

Price finished the game with 16 saves on 18 shots.

"(Price) is considered to be one of the best goalies in the world so that's pretty special," said Tkachuk.

"I just shot it and was hoping for the best, to be honest."

The winger was also involved in Ottawa's second goal as he won the offensive-zone faceoff that led to Cody Ceci's marker at 17:41 of the second period.

Tkachuk finished with a goal and three hits in 15:52 of play.

"I was happy with the first period but it was pretty early so I have to focus on the rest of the game," he said. …

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