OTTAWA (AP) -Mike Fisher had a hat trick and Alex Kovalev had a goal and an assist in his first game against Montreal, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 6-1 preseason win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Pascal Leclaire stopped 22 shots.
"He made timely saves," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "We got a couple of leads there, we got a little bit too fancy and turned some pucks over and he was really solid for us. I thought Peter Regin was really good. Obviously guys like Fisher and Foligno were very good but I just thought overall we were a much better team tonight."
Jaroslav Spacek scored his first Montreal goal, a power-play tally 14:15 into the first period that tied it at 1.
Canadiens starter Carey Price made 12 saves in two periods. Cedric Desjardins stopped five shots in the third.
Kovalev, who left Montreal to sign a two-year, $10 million contract with the Senators, opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 7:57, beating Price with a shot between the pads.
"Well, he should know me pretty well by now," Kovalev said.
Price said that it was odd facing his former teammate for the first time.
"Yeah, it was definitely different but I guess we're going to have to get used to it now," Price said.
Spacek beat Leclaire with a shot from the point through traffic to tie it at 1 before Fisher restored Ottawa's one-goal lead with a power-play goal at 17:11.
Regin made it 3-1 just 58 seconds into the second when he finished off a 2-on-1 break by putting Fisher's pass into an open left side.
Kovalev got his second point with an assist on Fisher's second of the game at 18:44.
"He played well," Clouston said. "Very smart, very intelligent, and you can see how he's dangerous every time he steps on the ice."
Fisher beat Desjardins for his third goal 7:57 into the third, his second with the man advantage.
|SHG - Alex Kovalev (1) Snap shot - ASST: Filip Kuba (1)|
1 - 0 OTT
|PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (1) Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Markov (1), Mike Cammalleri (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Mike Fisher (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (1), Peter Regin (1)|
2 - 1 OTT
|Peter Regin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (1), Nick Foligno (2)|
3 - 1 OTT
|Mike Fisher (2) Wrap-around - ASST: Nick Foligno (3), Alex Kovalev (1)|
4 - 1 OTT
|PPG - Mike Fisher (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Zack Smith (1), Nick Foligno (4)|
5 - 1 OTT
|Joshua Hennessy (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Regin (2)|
6 - 1 OTT