MONTREAL — The skinny: Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal to leadthe Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at theBell Centre. The goals give Pacioretty nine for the season and he’s tied forthe team lead with Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec.
Fourtheffort: Pacioretty scored a power-play goal at the 58-second mark when he tooka stretch pass from P.K. Subban and had a breakaway. Jonathan Bernier made theinitial stop and stopped two more rebound attempts before Pacioretty put thepuck in the net. Pacioretty had five of his game-high 10 shots in the firstminute of the game.
Closecall: The Leafs thought they had a tying goal five minutes into the firstperiod when Dion Phaneuf beat Carey Price with a shot from the point. Butreferee Chris Rooney disallowed the goal, ruling that James Van Riemsdyk madeincidental contact with Price in the crease.
Fancyfootwork: Subban made some nifty moves to create a shooting lane as he beatBernier at 16:13 of the opening period. The scoring play started when DavidDesharnais won a draw in the Leafs zone and Pacioretty dropped the puck back toSubban.
Signsof life: After Plekanec and Pacioretty scored their ninth goals of the seasonto put Montreal ahead 4-0, the Leafs clawed their way back into the game withtwo goals in a 22-second span at the end of the second period. Van Riemsdykflipped a puck over Carey Price at 18:10 and Mason Raymond scored off a reboundat 18:32. Alex Galchenyuk was on the ice for both Toronto goals and spent theentire third period on the bench.
Killerdefence: The Leafs not only failed to score on their four power plays but theyalso gave up a short-handed goal. The Canadiens were 1-for-2 on the power play.
Movin’on up: The victory gave the Canadiens a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games andthey tightened their grip on fourth place in the Atlantic Division and fifthplace in the Eastern Conference. With 33 points, Montreal trails Detroit by twopoints but the Canadiens hold a game in hand. The Leafs, who are 1-3-2 in theirlast six games, have 31 points.
Thelaw of inevitability: With George Parros and Colton Orr in the lineup, you knewthere would be a scrap. Orr declined Parros’s invitation to dance in the firstperiod, but they justified their presence when they dropped the gloves in thesecond period.
Bulkingup: The Canadiens dressed Douglas Murray in place of Francis Bouillon to addsome size to the lineup and the defenceman delivered with a solid game. He hadthree hits and five blocked shots in a solid effort. He played 14:24 with 3:48on the penalty-kill.
What’snext: Martin Brodeur will be in goal for the New Jersey Devils Monday night atthe Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-Habs, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). The Canadiens and the Devils willhave a rematch Wednesday in Newark and the week wraps up with home gamesThursday against Boston and Saturday against Buffalo.
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