The Montreal Canadiens enjoyed their first pre-season win, scoring early and often on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, en route to a convincing victory.
Greg Pateryn opened the scoring while the teams were skating four on four. Pateryn was set up by David Desharnais, and one timed a shot that Ward would normally like to have back, but perhaps not tonight. Only seconds later, Habs prospect Magnus Nygren sent a beautiful stretch pass to Brandon Prust who charged in on a breakaway. Prust was turned aside by Ward, but Alex Galchenyuk gathered the loose puck and deposited behind the outstretched goaltender.
Desharnais would collect his second point of the net, when a P.K. Subban point shot would go wide of the net, but Desharnais would get the loose puck behind the net and fool Ward by throwing it into his feet and it bounced into the back of the net.
Michael Bournival made it 4-0, after a quick burst of speed from him, led to a chance for Christian Thomas. Thomas would be stopped but collected the puck in the corner and fed Bournival who was heading for the net. Bournival one timed the Habs fourth goal of the night home from a sharp angle, again taking advantage of a struggling Cam Ward.
The game headed to the second period with the Habs ahead 4-0, and they would not stop there. Subban let go a howitzer while on the power play, and made it 5-0 midway through the frame. Subban had just fanned on a slap shot attempt, but Bournival fed the puck right back to him and he made good on the second attempt.
The game would remain 5-0 into the third period, where Max Pacioretty would be awarded a penalty shot after being taken down from behind by former Hab Mike Komisarek. Pacioretty stickhandled into the goal mouth, and roofed a snap shot over the blocker side of Ward, and into the top corner to make it 6-0.
Peter Budaj and Dustni Tokarski would split the shutout, with Budaj starting, and Tokarski taking over midway through the second period.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night at the Bell Centre.