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Max Pacioretty scored twice, picked up an assist, and tied his previous high of 10 shots on goal as he helped propel the Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at the Bell Centre.
“They got the best of us the first game of the year,” said Pacioretty who has 7 goals in the last six games since breaking out of a slump. “We had a lot to prove and we’ve got some momentum right now. It’s a good feeling that everyone contributed tonight.”
When Pacioretty is confident he’s one of the team’s best forwards, said defenceman P.K. Subban.
“There’s a reason he’s been leading our scoring for the past couple of years,” Subban said. “He can do it all. He’s big, he can skate, he’s physical. He can shoot the puck–probably one of the hardest wristers in the league. When he’s confident in playing like that it’s a big boost for our team.”
Carey Price, who faced 36 shots, said the Canadiens are working well as a group and their puck pressure “is pretty top-notch out there.”
“We’re playing excellent hockey in front of me,” Price said. “We’re putting out 100 per cent effort every night. There’s no quit. That’s been the key to our success so far.”
Daniel Brière helped set up Tomas Plekanec’s goal in the second period with a strong performance in the Leafs zone. You can hear Brière talk about getting more confident playing with Plekanec and Brian Gionta and the ‘amazing’ atmosphere at the Bell Centre for the Habs-Leafs game.
You can listen to what Pacioretty had to say here:
And you can watch what Subban had to say here:
You can listen to Price here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)