The skinny: Max Pacioretty scored a natural hat trick and the Canadiens’ offence came to life as Montreal cruised to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty, who had only two goals in his first 12 games, scored his goals in a 10:40 span in the second period. The Max and DD show: David Desharnais and Pacioretty rediscovered their chemistry on the first two Montreal goals. Pacioretty went hard to the net on the first goal and was rewarded when Desharnais’s centring pass went in off his skate at 2:57. The two clicked again at 10:06 when Pacioretty was the recipient of a blind, behind-the-back pass from Desharnais. A word about the goalies: Minnesota’s Josh Harding came into the game ranked No. 2 in goals-against average and save percentage, but he was pulled after Pacioretty completed his hat-trick by deflecting P.K. Subban’s shot from the point for a power-play goal at 13:36. Harding finished with 16 saves on 19 shots. Darcy Kuemper replaced Harding and gave up a goal to Michael Bournival on the first shot he faced. He finished with six saves on nine shots. At the other end of the ice, Carey Price made 25 saves, losing his shutout when Nino Niederreiter scored at 5:30 of the third period. The killer Bs: Bournival made the most of his time on the fourth line. He had scored his sixth goal of the season when he beat Kuemper on a wraparound. Daniel Brière, who was bumped up from the fourth line when Rene Bourque was scratched with a lower-body injury, converted a feed from Brian Gionta to make it 5-0 in the third period. Turn on the power: The Canadiens went 2-for-5 on the power play with Alex Galchenyuk scoring in the third period to complement Pacioretty’s earlier effort. Minnesota had three power plays and Dany Heatley scored a power-play goal with 1.7 seconds showing on the clock.
Pacioretty leads Habs' charge as offence comes to life in 6-2 win over Wild
Montreal Gazette | Nov 20