Happy birthday, Max
Max Pacioretty turns 25 on Wednesday.
Max-Pac got the party going early with a natural hat trick in the second period against the Wild, driving heretofore hot goaltender Josh Harding from the Minnesota net.
In setting a season high for scoring, the Canadiens also got goals from Michaël Bournival, Daniel Brière and Alex Galchenyuk.
Nino Niederreiter spoiled Carey Price's bid for a shutout five minutes into the third period and Dany Heatley added a popwer-play goal with a second left on he clock.
Canadiens outshot the visitors 28-27.
Four more goals
A lively third period, considering the game was over after 40 minutes.
Daniel Brière one-timed a Brian Gionta pass to make it 5-0.
Then after Nino Niederrreiter spoiled Carey Price's shutout bid, Alex galchenyuk converted a perfect Andrei Markov pass on a Canadiens power play.
Dany Heatley scored on a Wild PP with a second left on the clock.
Max-Pac comes alive
Hey, his 25th birthday isn't until tomorrow.
Max Pacioretty, who had two goals this season, scored a natural hat trick in less than 11 minutes, the last one – on a power-play – driving Josh Harding from the Minnesota net.
Michaël Bournival's sixth of the season was scored on Darcy Kuemper.
The Canadiens' four goals in 13:19 exceeded their output in the previous three games.
New line looks good
Brendan Gallagher has energized DD and Max-Pac, producing the nearest thing to a goal we saw in the first 20 minutes.
A video review ruled Josh Harding's glove kept the puck from crossing the line on a close-in try by Pacioretty.
Canadiens outshot the Wild 9-7.
The period included a pointless fight between Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka.
(Gazette photo by ALLEN McINNIS)
Therrien shuffles the deck
New forward lines will face the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
Also a new defence pairing.
Your Montreal Canadiens have won two of their last eight games, and coach Michel Therrien is trying to resuscitate an anemic offence.
Brendan Gallagher brings his energy to RW on a line with slump-mired veterans David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.
Brandon Prust takes Gallagher's spot with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. The PEG line?
Rene Bourque was supposed to join Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec, but word at the rink has Bourque out and Daniel Brière filling that spot. Ryan white draws into the fourth line with Michaël Bournival and Travis Moen.
Alexei Emelin partners Josh Gorges on defence. Raphael Diaz drops down to the third pairing with Francis Bouillon.
Will the moves work?
Or is a desperate coach rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?
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