Canadiens 7, AIK 1
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Stephane Richer and Stephan Lebeau each scored two goals Monday night and the Montreal Canadiens beat AIK Hockey 7-1 in the first game ever played by the NHL team outside North America.
The Canadiens, who have won a record 22 Stanley Cup championships, did not dress six veterans for the opening game of the club’s first European tour that also includes four games in the Soviet Union.
Montreal overcame a shaky start in the first five minutes when the Swedish semipro team had complete command.
Brent Gilchrist opened the scoring when he picked up the rebound after a shot by defenseman Eric Desjardines and whipped a backhand past Thomas Ostlund at 6:02.
The Canadiens then scored three power-play goals with Lebeau getting the first from close range at 17:28.
Richer scored at 5:16 in the second to put the Canadiens ahead 3-0 and Lebeau made it 4-0 at 9:31.
Rikard Franzen scored for the Swedes at 11:08, spoiling Patrick Roy’s shutout. Roy, the NHL’s top goalie last season and winner of the Vezina Trophy, was replaced by rookie Jean-Claude Bergeron for the last 29 minutes of the game.
Benoit Brunet, Donald Dufresne and Richer completed the Canadiens’ scoring with third-period goals.