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MONTREAL -- With veteran Henry Burris at quarterback, maybe the Ottawa Redblacks wont be quite the pushovers most expansion clubs have been. Alexander Nylander Jersey . Burris threw for 247 yards in one half of a game -- on pace for a nearly 500-yard outing -- as the Redblacks downed the woeful Montreal Alouettes 26-10 in CFL pre-season play Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium. Former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Chevon Walker ran in two touchdowns and caught a five-yard pass for another to lead the Redblacks, who will be on a bye when the regular season opens next weekend and wont make their debut until July 3 in Winnipeg. "We knew we had to play well," said Burris, who signed as a free agent with Ottawa. "The fact that we dont play next week, we had to have a good feeling coming out of this game because now we have a few days off. "We know we made an improvement from last week (a 21-17 loss at Saskatchewan) and we wanted to carry the momentum of playing good football into the Winnipeg game in a couple of weeks." Brett Maher added a fourth-quarter field goal for Ottawa when Thomas DeMarco was in at quarterback. The Ottawa defence held Montreal without a touchdown, although some of that had to do with Troy Smiths struggles to find his receivers. Delbert Alvarado had a pair of field goals and Sean Whyte had another for Montreal, which went 0-2 in the pre-season under new coach Tom Higgins, and looked shaky on both sides of the ball heading into their season opener June 28 in Calgary. "It was definitely a pre-season game," said Smith, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who has the tall order of replacing future Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo as the Alouettes starting quarterback. "You understand things arent going to be as good as you want them to be all the time. "We did some positive things, we just werent able to capitalize on any drives." The less-than sellout crowd of 18,141 got their first look at former NFL star Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson, who is on a comeback after last having played in 2011. He made a 13-yard catch on the Alouettes first play from scrimmage but that was all. "Hopefully the timing with the guys will get better," said Smith. "Youve got to give Ottawa some credit. They played defence and came out with the win. Its very premature. Were embarking on something great. I can feel it in my bones. But you have to go through trials and tribulations." A lot of Ottawa players made it difficult for coach Rick Campbell to make his final cuts on Saturday, when all nine CFL teams have to trim rosters to 46 players. Burris had six players make at least two catches, while the defence held Montreal to 290 yards in net offence. "When the decisions are easy, its not good," said Campbell. "We had some guys make some big plays, but it is a pre-season game. Well watch film and evaluate it. "Were not going to pat ourselves on the back too much. Well get back to work and try to get better." Burris couldnt get a first down on Ottawas first three possessions, but adjustments were made. Then he couldnt be stopped the rest of the first half. He completed 17 of 22 passes, all against Montreals first-string defence. The Redblacks led 22-7 at the intermission. Smith completed nine of 17 for 122 yards in the opening 30 minutes and gave way to the equally ineffective Tanner Marsh early in the second half. Alex Brink also saw action. The Alouettes got on the board first with Alvarados punt single, but then Burris threw 28 yards to Dobson Collins to set up Walkers three-yard TD 12:16 into the game. Montreal answered with a field goal, but Kierrie Johnsons 36-yard catch to the Montreal one set up Walkers second TD of the night 44 seconds into the second quarter. Just before the intermission, Burris led an eight-play 85-yard drive capped by Walkers five-yard TD catch. With second and third stringers on in the second half, neither team was able to move the ball very far and spectators were streaming out by the end of the third quarter. Unusually for the pre-season game, there were relatively few penalties called and there were no fumbles or interceptions. Last week, Montreal blew a lead in a 28-23 setback at Hamilton. Their bright spots were Alvarados powerful kicking and some long returns by Larry Taylor, who returned to Montreal from Calgary in the off-season. Notes: The Alouettes were missing running backs Brandon Whitaker (sore leg) and Tyrell Sutton (hamstring). Their replacement Brandon Rutley had a quiet game 29 yards on nine carries. Linebacker Kyries Hebert didnt dress, but he has returned to practice after suffering a concussion June 7. Robin Lehner Jersey . If Vettel wins at Suzuka on Sunday, and his nearest rival Fernando Alonso finishes worse than eighth, the German driver will join his compatriot Michael Schumacher and Argentine Juan-Manuel Fangio as the only men to win four consecutive titles. Jason Kasdorf Jersey . Players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that years post-season. In addition, discipline will increase from 50 games to 80 for a first testing violation and from 100 games to a season-long 162 for a second. A third violation remains a lifetime ban.WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal, Matt Niskanen had three assists and the Washington Capitals beat the streaking New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday night.Ovechkin gave Washington a 3-2 lead midway through the second period. He has four goals in his last four games,Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and an assist, and Andre Burakovsky and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals.Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots. He has a 1.86 goals-against average over his last seven games.After a 3-2 overtime loss on Long Island on Wednesday night, the Capitals earned a split of the home-and-home set.John Tavares and Anders Lee scored for New York, and Chad Johnson made 22 saves. The Islanders, who began play tied with Pittsburgh atop the Metropolitan Division, had won five straight and 10 of 11.The Capitals took a 3-2 lead at 9:53 of the second when Tom Wilson skated in across the blue line and passed to Ovechkin, who fired past Johnson from the right circle for his 12th goal of the season.Kuznetsov went into the corner for a loose puck, skated out into the circle and fired a shot over Johnsons shoulder to make it 4-2 at 5:56 of the third.Washington didnt have a shot on goal until 10:01 of the first period, but a hookingg call against Matt Martin gave its second-ranked power play unit a shot at New Yorks 29th-ranked penalty killers. Justin Falk Jersey. Thirty-one seconds later, the Capitals opened the scoring when Niskanens slapper from the slot was deflected by Burakovsky past Johnson.Johanssons ninth of the season made it 2-0 at 18:27 of the period. The Capitals had gone nearly 150 minutes over parts of four games since their last even-strength goal.It took New York, which outshot Washington 11-5 in the first period, just 1:06 to tie it.First Tavares, all alone to the left of Holtby, banged home the rebound of a shot by Nick Leddy for his 10th of the season.Then with 27 seconds left in the period, Lee eluded Caps defenders to Holtbys right and redirected a pass from Travis Hamonic at the right point for the equalizer.NOTES: New York D Lubomir Visnovsky left in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return. Washington F Brooks Laich (shoulder) returned to the lineup after missing 15 of the last 16 games. D Mike Green (upper-body injury) missed his second straight. ... Holtby passed Pat Riggin for sixth place on the Capitals franchise wins list with 68. ... Jack Capuano coached his 300th game with the Islanders. 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