Brendan Morrow, Adam Pardy and Michael Ryder scored in the first period as the Dallas Stars downed the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in the opening NHL pre-season game for both clubs Tuesday night.

Krys Barch also beat Carey Price while Mike Ribeiro and Matt Fraser added goals against newcomer Nathan Lawson. Price allowed four goals on 13 shots.

Erik Cole, Andrei Kostitsyn and Jeff Woywitka scored for Montreal.

The Stars outshot Montreal 25-19 overall.

A year ago, Price told booing Bell Centre fans to "chill out" after he allowed three goals on eight shots in the pre-season opener against Boston. There were scattered boos again this time.

Andrew Raycroft started for Dallas and let in 3-of-11 shots. Tyler Beskorowany took over in the second frame and stopped all eight shots.

Each club had a minimum of NHL regulars in its lineup, with free agent signing Ryder, Ribeiro and Brendan Morrow on a line for Dallas and Cole, Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri for Montreal.

The Canadiens began a string of six exhibitions in seven nights. They play host to Buffalo on Wednesday. Dallas, which had training camp in Charlottetown, returns home to face Colorado on Thursday.