Bruins open preseason play with a win

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and newcomer Nathan Horton scored on his first shot, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in the exhibition opener for both teams in Montreal. Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2010 draft, also made his Boston debut. He assisted on Johnny Boychuk’s power-play goal at 13:32 of the first period. Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots for the Bruins.

Maxim Lapierre and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which fell behind 4-0 early in the second. Montreal goalie Carey Price fanned on Horton’s wrist shot from the right side at 1:33, and was beaten on three of the Bruins’ first five shots, including Bergeron’s first goal of the game at 15:20. Bergeron deked Price once again to score a short-handed goal on a breakaway 2:17 into the second.

The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million. Neuvirth is competing with Semyon Varlamov for the starting job at training camp. Neuvirth was 9-4-0 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 17 games with the Capitals last season.

QMJHL: Goaltender Nicholas Champion, forwards Michael Chaput and Pierre-Oliver Morin and defenseman Samuel Carrier are expected to play for the Lewiston Maineiacs in Friday night’s game in Lewiston against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan after attending NHL training camps. It will be the first time this season the Maineiacs (1-2-0-1) will be at full strength.

AHL: Tickets for all 40 of the Portland Pirates’ home games at the Cumberland County Civic Center will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Civic Center box office and online at Discount tickets and packages can be purchased by calling 825-4665, ext. 350, or by visiting


BOYS’ SOCCER: Juno Ra had two goals and Wes Freston also scored for Hyde School (2-1-1) in a 3-0 win over Dublin School (1-2) at Exeter, N.H.

Jordan Sanford, Trestan Matel and Chris Wild scored in the second half to lead Berwick Academy to a 3-0 victory over Lexington Christian Academy at Lexington, Mass.

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Berwick’s Eliza Hazen made eight saves in a 2-0 loss to Bancroft at Berwick.