Pacioretty scores hat trick in Habs 5-2 win over Canucks

 

 
 
 
 
Canadiens Max Pacioretty, right, shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Frank Corrado for the second of his three goals during third period of National Hockey League game in Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
 
 

Canadiens Max Pacioretty, right, shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Frank Corrado for the second of his three goals during third period of National Hockey League game in Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.

Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette

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The skinny: Max Pacioretty scored three goals to back up another solid goaltending performance by Carey Price as the Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Thursday at the Bell Centre. Price exchanged greetings with Olympic teammate Roberto Luongo during the pregame warmup and then proceeded to outplay the 2010 Olympic gold medalist. Price made 42 saves while Luongo had 25. Montreal remained in third place in the Atlantic Division with 68 points. Toronto also has 68 points but has played one more game. Montreal and Toronto are only one point behind Tampa Bay.

A tip in time: Pacioretty scored on the Canadiens’ only power play when he tipped P.K. Subban’s rocket from the blue line to open the scoring at 14:59 of the first period. Jason Garrison blocked Subban’s initial shot but the puck went back to Subban for a second attempt. Pacioretty scored his 25th goal of the season at 4:45 of the third period when he converted a blind pass from David Desharnais, and he completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal.

Luongo unbeatable: Pacioretty was awarded two penalty shots in the second period but Luongo stopped both of them. Pacioretty was hauled down by former teammate Raphael Diaz at 11:47 of the second period and Alexandre Burrows tripped him up at 13:38. Luongo also stopped Pacioretty on a penalty shot in Vancouver on Oct. 12 and has stopped all five penalty shots he has faced this season.

Fourth-line contribution: Ryan White picked up where he left off Tuesday night when he scored at 16:02 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. White, who had a career-high six shots against Calgary, scored his first goal of the season when he lifted the puck over Luongo. Linemates Dale Weise and Michael Bournival picked up assists. It was Weise’s first point as a Canadien.

Edler helps out: Tomas Plekanec was credited with his 17th of the season at 8:14 of the third period. His shot was lying in the crease when Vancouver defenceman Alexander Edler kicked it in to give Montreal a 4-1 lead.

Advantage Higgins: Chris Higgins, who started his NHL career in Montreal, deflected Jason Garrison’s shot from the point to end Price’s shutout bid at 2:31 of the second period. The power-play goal was the 16th of the season for Higgins. The Canucks also had a power-play goal from Edler in the third period as they went 2-for-5 with the extra man.

Canucks shorthanded: Henrik Sedin was scratched Thursday morning and he later confirmed that he would not play in the Olympics. The Canucks were also missing defencemen Dan Hamhuis, Christopher Tanev, Andrew Alberts and former Canadien Yannick Weber.

What’s next: Note the early start as the Canadiens close out the pre-Olympic portion of the schedule Saturday with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. (6 p.m, CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

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Canadiens Max Pacioretty, right, shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Frank Corrado for the second of his three goals during third period of National Hockey League game in Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
 

Canadiens Max Pacioretty, right, shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Frank Corrado for the second of his three goals during third period of National Hockey League game in Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.

Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette

 
Canadiens Max Pacioretty, right, shoots the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Frank Corrado for the second of his three goals during third period of National Hockey League game in Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty pumps his fist after scoring his second of three goals against the Vancouver Canucks during a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.  Celebrating with Pacioretty is linemate Brendan Gallagher, left.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price stops wrap-around attempt by Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows during the third period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Vancouver Canucks David Booth, right, gets his stick up against Montreal Canadiens Alexei Emelin in front of Habs goalie Carey Price during a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Alexei Emelin ends up between the legs of Vancouver Canucks Pascal Pelletier during the second period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty is stopped on a second penalty shot in the second period by Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo sticks out a leg to stop a shot by Montreal Canadiens Brandon Prust during the second period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Daniel Briere tries to deflect shot in front of Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and defenceman Raphael Diaz, right, during the third period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty, left, shoots the puck wide past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on a penalty shot during the second period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella talks with referee Dean Morton during a National Hockey League game against the Canadiens in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Ryan White celebrates his first-period goal against the Vancouver Canucks with teammates Michael Bournival, right, and Dale Weise during a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, bumps goalie sticks with his Vancouver Canucks counterpart Roberto Luongo during warmup prior to a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Luongo and Price will be teammates on Canada’s Olympic hockey team.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price grabs the puck out of the air with Vancouver Canucks David Booth looking for a rebound during the third period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher screens Vancouver Canucks goalie as Canadiens P.K. Subban’s shot finds the net, after deflecting off Max Pacioretty (not shown) who was credited with the goal, during first period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.
Vancouver Canucks Alex Edler kicks the puck into his own net for a Montreal Canadiens goal by Tomas Plekanec, not shown, during the third period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Canadiens David Desharnais is at left while Canucks Alex Burrows and goalie Roberto Luongo lay on the ice at right.
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty is taken down by Vancouver Canucks Raphael Diaz, (#24), during the second period of a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014.  Pacioretty was awarded a penalty shot on the play. He didn’t score.
Vancouver Canucks Christopher Higgins celebrates his second-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens during a National Hockey League game in Montreal, Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges, left, and Douglas Murray watch.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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