Game 73: Subban’s first hat lifts Habs over Wild


Canadiens’ P.K. Subban (centre) celebrates one of his three goals Sunday night with David Desharnais (left) and Ryan White, who scored the first NHL goal of his career, had two assists and had a fight for the unofficial Gordie Howe hat trick.
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Chances are the Canadiens’ ugly loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night has been forgotten.

The Habs scored, and scored, and scored again Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, pummelling their hosts 8-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

What a night for defenceman P.K. Subban: his first career hat trick and an assist. For Ryan White: his first NHL goal, two assists and a fight for his first Gordie Howe hat trick. Goalie Alex Auld played superbly, beaten only by Wild captain Mikko Koivu 12:14 into the third, on a penalty shot.

Other scorers for the Canadiens were Andrei Kostitsyn, James Wisniewski, Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt. Benoit Pouliot had three assists in his first trip back to Minnesota since leaving the Wild to join the Habs. Auld had an assist. And all the Canadiens fans who made the trip from all over left a very happy group.

The massive win pulled the Habs to within one point of the idle Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division, though the Bruins – who entertain the Canadiens on Thursday in Boston – have two games in hand.

Montreal is home to Buffalo on Tuesday, in Boston then back home to Washington on Saturday.

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