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Radulov driving success for Canadiens

Thus far, the Canadiens' additions of Alexander Radulov, left, and Shea Weber have paid off handsomely. Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

It began as a conversation about Sergei Makarov, for a future story as he closes in on his Hall of Fame induction in November, but it evolved into one about Alexander Radulov. Former Calgary Flames coach Terry Crisp, who was behind the bench when Makarov joined the NHL, was talking about just how badly Makarov wanted to excel and win. Every shift, every game.

Then he volunteered a bit of information that is a little surprising, based on Radulov’s reputation.

“I saw the same thing when [Alexander] Radulov joined us in Nashville. He had the same burning desire. The same will to win. The competitiveness,” Crisp said. “He wanted it as much as anybody.”

The Montreal Canadiens' incredible start, sitting at the top of the NHL with an 8-0-1 record and 17 points, has been fueled in large part by the return to health of Carey Price. There’s no reason to overthink it. That’s really the main reason.

But the controversial additions of Shea Weber and Radulov have been a part of it too.