After going 12 games with just one goal, Max Pacioretty scored twice Monday in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
“I can speak for our line. We feel good about how we played the past couple of games and hopefully we can keep going,” said Pacioretty who plays alongside David Desharnais and rookie Brendan Gallagher.
The Hurricanes are tough to play against and the game could have gone either way, he said.
Pacioretty said his scoring drought wasn’t frustrating. “We’re winning games that’s all I care about.”
“Everyone has a time when they have to step up and get the win for the team,” he said. “I haven’t been the guy in a while so I was glad to be it tonight.”
Coach Michel Therrien sounded pleased with the way the Desharnais line has been playing of late. “Definitely they were a tough line to contain tonight,” Therrien said.
“This is two games in a row that I could see their intensity,” he said.
“They’re quick on the puck, they make good plays, they’re really responsible defensively as well, so it’s a good sign.”
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price earned his 18th win of the season.
“Carey made some key saves,” Therrien said. “We only allowed 19 shots. But there were some quality scoring chances and certainly Carey was really good again tonight,” he said.
Colby Armstrong left the game after colliding with Hurricanes forward Patrick Dwyer.
“The only thing I can tell you is a lower body injury but I don’t have details. I haven’t seen the doctors yet,” Therrien said.
Rookie defenceman Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs last week, picked up his first point in the National Hockey League with an assist on Jeff Halpern’s goal.
You can hear what Pacioretty had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Beaulieu said below:
And you can hear what Price said below: