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Game Preview: Canadiens (1-0-0) @ Capitals (1-0-0)

Coming off a big season-opening win in Buffalo, the Canadiens look to keep things rolling in Washington on Saturday night

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

After securing a come-from-behind shootout win over the Sabres in the season-opener in Buffalo, the Canadiens' road trip continues on Saturday night at Capital One Arena in Washington.

Claude Julien's troops were down 2-1 to start the third period at the KeyBank Center on Thursday night when Phillip Danault scored the game-tying goal at the 8:01 mark while the Canadiens were down a man.

Then, Jonathan Drouin notched the shootout winner in style, beating Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner with a picture perfect backhand deke.

That capped a memorable Habs debut for Drouin, who also fed captain Max Pacioretty for the Canadiens' first strike of the game in the first period.

Video: Drouin, Price lead Habs to SO win in season opener

Carey Price made 43 saves during the contest and stopped all three Sabres attempts during the shootout. He will make his second consecutive start on Saturday, while the rest of Thursday's lineup remains intact as well.

Defenseman Victor Mete logged 18:43 of ice time in his NHL debut, patrolling the blue line in front of 50 family members and friends in attendance in Western New York. The 19-year-old rearguard amassed one shot on goal and posted a plus-1 differential.

The Capitals, meanwhile, are coming off a big win of their own in Ottawa on Thursday night. Alex Ovechkin picked up the 18th hat trick of his career, before scoring the shootout winner in a 5-4 victory at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Saturday night's contest will mark the return of Karl Alzner to the U.S. capital. Alzner played 591 games for the Capitals over nine seasons before signing with the Canadiens during the summer.

Following the tilt in the District of Columbia, the Canadiens will travel to New York to battle the Rangers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden to wrap up the three-game road swing.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on City Montreal and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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