‘Everyone played their best tonight,’ Pacioretty says after Habs 4-0 win over Bruins (Video)

(Photo: John Mahoney/The Gazette)

It was a must-win game for the Canadiens and they didn’t disappoint the louder-than-usual 21,273 crowd at the Bell Centre on Monday with a convincing 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins in a thrilling, fast-paced game.

“Everyone was on board,”said Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty who scored his first goal in the series, beating Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

“We saw that from the first shift. Everyone was skating,” he said.

“We’re a fast team and when we use our speed we’re frustrating to play against. And I think we were able to do that tonight. No passengers. Everyone played their best tonight,” added Pacioretty who also picked up an assist on Thomas Vanek’s power play goal.

The Canadiens went into Game 6 on the brink of elimination in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series with the Bruins. The series is now tied 3-3 and will be decided in Boston on Wednesday at TD Garden.

“Anything can happen in Game 7. That’s the beauty of it,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

Carey Price made 26 saves and earned his first shutout of the playoffs. He got some help in the third period from David Desharnais who pushed the puck back from the goal line, preventing the Bruins from scoring.

The Canadiens got off to a strong start with Lars Eller scoring at 2:11  of the first period.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu played his first playoff game in the National Hockey League and collected an assist on Pacioretty’s goal in the second period. Vanek gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead with a power play goal in the second period, then scored again when the Bruins pulled Rask with four minutes left to play in the third period.

“I think we definitely fed off the crowd tonight. They were awesome,” Price said.

“It was a lot of fun to play in front of them. They gave us the momentum and the spark we needed.”

There was so much energy in the building, said Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.

“I don’t think there was any time during the game where they were quiet. That helps,” Subban said.

“I thought we did a good job of putting pressure on their defence. Making them make tough plays,” Subban added.

“As a defenceman when guys are coming in hard like that on the fore check and making it tough for you every shift, it’s hard to make plays and get the puck out of your zone. I thought we did a good job of forcing them to make mistakes.”

You can hear more of what Subban had to say here:

You can watch what Pacioretty had to say here:

You can watch what Price had to say here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)

 

13 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …duplication

  2. SmielmaN says:

    I was on the edge of my couch from the second period on. And I had to delay watching it by 2 hrs because I had to go to this family function for my wife. Had it recording at home and had to ignore my phone all night Hahahaha!

  3. SmielmaN says:

    Hahaha one of the first one liners I thought described the play of the Habs. Right away, full throttle.

  4. Marc10 says:

    How’s everybody feeling? My heart is shot, but that game was worth it.

    Good on ya Habs! Now 3 more periods like that and we’ll be ready for the Rangers.

  5. SmielmaN says:

    Wow! Balls on the table this game! More of those Habs please! I’m not going to lie, I was pretty down on hope after game 5. What a response! Getting Danny B back in, throwing Beaulieu in for a baptism by fire, Vanek actually skated, DD was a beast! Oh, and the Price was Right, all night!

    What B!tches Boston are with under a minute left. Julien was tearing a strip of the ref before he almost got tossed and was begging the ref to relax. Lol.

    Also, how big of a player is Gallagher. Guy has no fear, none, and he always wants to win, and plays so hard. I could go on and on about what a player he is.

    GHG! Let’s burn down the Garden!!!!!!

  6. Say Ash says:

    We got this.

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’this is where Legends are made’; P.K. Subban :)

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …man Weaver has big balls

    …He HAS to come back in October

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …game 7 will be a war

    …the Bears are relentless, they keep coming, unrelenting …backs against the wall …blood in their eyes

    …We are a mix of high-strung youth and vets, HUNGRY, finally, to win …like Gionta, Pleks and Markov …whom won’t back down

    …Game 7 will be a classic

  10. Habcouver says:

    Great effort, Boys!

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  11. HardHabits says:

    First time this happens.


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