Max Pacioretty says he plays his best hockey when he turns his brain off.

“I’ve had coaches tell me I shouldn’t think so much,” Pacioretty said after he scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-4 win over the Dallas Stars Thursday night.

“I thought that was one of our better games offensively and I think was one of the best games Davey (Desharnais) has played,” added Pacioretty. ”We scored some goals tonight and we could have had a few more.”

The win gave the Canadiens a 3-2-1record in their six-game holiday road trip and kept the Canadiens comfortably in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

“We had a pretty good road trip and with that kind of record after a tough road trip, we’re feeling pretty good,” said defenceman P.K. Subban, who had a goal and three assists. Two of his assists were highlight-quality as he sent Pacioretty off on a breakaway and then used some nifty stickwork to set up Desharnais.

But Subban shrugged off the praise for his contribution.

“We had some guys who made some little plays that may not make the highlights but they opened up opportunties for us,” he said. “I thought the line of Pacioretty, Desharnais and Gallagher played outstanding today.

“They moved the puck, they moved themselves, they got into the open ice,” said Subban. “Even getting down 1-0, we battled through adversity and we worked for each other. Today was a good example of unselfish play. Guys weren’t trying to do it by themselves. They were trying to find each other and that’s important at this time of the season.”

The Stars scored two goals in the third period to pull even at 4-4 but Subban said there was no fear that the game would slip away as it did on Tuesday in Carolina.