The Canadiens gave themselves an early Christmas gift with their 4-3 win over the Predators Saturday night in Nashville with David Desharnais scoring the winning goal in overtime after they had blown a 3-0 first-period lead.
The Canadiens returned home after the game and will enjoy a six-day break in the schedule before visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Canadiens won’t even practise again until Friday afternoon after arriving in Florida.
After the game in Tampa, the Canadiens will visit the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, travel to Carolina to play the Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve, then visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Jan. 2, before returning home to face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty got an early Christmas gift as his wife, Katia, gave birth to a baby boy early Monday morning. Lorenzo Pacioretty weighed in a 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Tweeted The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs: “#Habs Max replies to my text that his 4-hour-old son Lorenzo is already nearly as big as Davey: “Hopefully he has the same hands too”.
Meanwhile, here’s what Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported on the weekend concerning the Canadiens and Pacioretty:
“It seems inexplicable, but Slap Shots has heard continued chatter about the Canadiens’ willingness to trade Max Pacioretty, the 25-year-old winger who apparently isn’t Michel Therrien’s ideal,” Brooks wrote.
“Of course the Rangers are interested, but unless the Blueshirts are willing to re-gift Montreal with Ryan McDonagh (and they’re not dealing McDonagh, one of the most untradeable players in the league), there is little reason to believe the clubs have a match, and no, the Habs don’t seem to be a potential landing spot for Michael Del Zotto.”
Brooks added: “We’re told the Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, who has a club-friendly contract worth $4.5 million per that runs through 2018-19, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t prone to dealing him in the East — if he’s willing to deal him at all after the roster freeze melts after Friday night’s games.”
From everyone at HIO, our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
(Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press)