‘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)

 

14 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. 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

    …like a medieval knight (call Me Sir Shootsalot :) ) I have been crusading for Our Montreal Canadiens to retire Toe Blake’s number 6 …and add His banner in the rafters next to Our other former Greats

    …some of You may believe Toe was only a Great Coach, and as a Player, did not quite rate such an honor …and/or, do not want yet another low-number retired and unavailable to contemporary Players

    …maybe unaware Toe Blake also was a great hockey Player, won an NHL scoring championship, the Hart Trophy and a Lady Byng, led Our Habs in scoring in 6 seasons of His Hall Of Fame playing career

    …Hector ‘Toe’ Blake was an key component with The Rocket and Elmer Lach on ‘The Punch Line’, which was the most feared scoring line of it’s day

    …most younger Fans understandably remember Toe Blake mainly as the genius Coach of the Montreal Canadiens at the cusp of Our Golden Era …the Golden Era that most of Us, whether We know it or not, were inspired to follow Our Habs as if it was ‘a religion’ unto It’s own

    …Toe Blake’s name is on 11 rings of the Stanley Cup; …8 as Our Coach, …2 as a Player for the Montreal Canadiens …and one as a Montreal Maroon

    …Toe Blake was the ‘heart and soul’ motivator Whom inspired and ‘showed the way’ to Our great Players of the time, both as a Player and Captain, …and as Our Coach

    …His Legacy is greatly taken for granted, I strongly believe, by the fact that Toe Blake’s number 6 is not represented yet in the rafters of the Bell Centre

    …the totality of Toe Blake’s legacy, as a Player and Our Coach, to the History and exceptional success of the Montreal Canadiens becoming the most famous brand in the hockey world is way past the overdue stage

    …I request all Montreal Canadiens Fans to join with Ian Cobb and I to right a wrong

    …We would like to encourage all Montreal Canadiens Fans whom agree with the objective to make Their opinions known to Geoff Molson and Montreal Canadiens executive board, that a special game night to honor Toe Blake’s number 6 with a banner in the Bell Centre is long-overdue

    …if this is something You would like to make right as I and Ian do, I provide the following mail contacts to send Your requests to ‘Retire Number 6 !!!’

    Geoff Molson: President and Owner

    Kevin Gilmore: Vice President of Operations

    Send your testimonial to:

    c/o The Montreal Canadiens

    1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
    Montreal, QC, CANADA
    H3C 5L2

    …merci beaucoup :)

    _________________________________________________________
    Michel F.Therrien ???: HIS’ new Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey/The Smiths ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkvPnjb9hs

    HIS’ alternative HIO Official Theme Song: ‘MTL Stand-up !': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK0l0XEW3Dw

    HIS’ Get It Up ! pre-game musical intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=R5mMRiiCwak&NR=1
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    HIO’s BC Odd Couple: UCe, the supercilious stickler; and HIS, the stubbornly relentless ‘schismatist’ :)
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    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    Bring Back Boone, and send Hickey to Hamilton !!!

    …and, last, but not least:

    Mike Boone MARCH 25, 2014 AT 7:54 AM
    Finding every way to stir up sh.. is pretty much my job description.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  11. Habcouver says:

    Great effort, Boys!

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

  12. HardHabits says:

    First time this happens.


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