MONTREAL — T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout and added another in regulation time as the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in NHL pre-season play on Thursday night.
Montreal got its first taste of the new 3-on-3 set up in overtime, but neither team could make the most of the open ice.
Andre Burakovsky and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals (2-0-1).
Tomas Fleischmann, Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens (0-0-2) in regulation time.
Half of Montreal’s regular starters, including Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec, did not dress for the encounter.
The game featured the much-anticipated line of Lars Eller on the left wing, Galchenyuk at centre and new signing Alexander Semin on the right.
The three first-round draft picks combined for one goal on seven shots.
Burakovsky and Oshie scored for the Capitals in the first period before the Canadiens answered back with two of their own.
Twelve seconds after Oshie scored his first in a Capitals uniform, Fleischmann brought the Canadiens within one at 14:20 of the first.
The veteran forward, who’s hoping to ink a deal with the Habs before the end of pre-season, beat Braden Holtby on his backhand from a tight angle.
After stealing the puck at the Washington blue line, Galchenyuk squeezed a shot between Holtby’s legs at 17:31 to tie things up.
Montreal made the most of its few chances in the first period, scoring twice on three shots.
After Ovechkin made it 3-2 with a well-designed tic-tac-toe goal on the power play, Desharnais levelled the score with the man advantage at 14:14 of the second.
Fleischmann, making his Montreal debut, added an assist on Desharnais’ equalizer.
The Montreal power play, which was ineffective for much of last season, finished 1 for 5.
Dustin Tokarski made 19 saves on 22 shots before being replaced by Mike Condon midway through the encounter. Condon was solid in the third and overtime periods, stopping all 17 shots he faced.
Washington’s Holtby allowed three goals on 14 shots after two periods. Dan Ellis stopped nine shots in the third and another three in overtime.
Notes: Charles Hudon, Connor Crisp and Brett Lernout made their first career appearances for the Canadiens. … Captain Max Pacioretty (knee) skated with his teammates for the first time at practice Thursday morning.
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press