Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Saturday night’s game between the Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre.
Max Pacioretty scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season to lead the Canadiens to a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
“Max has been doing everything we expect from him and the top line has been outstanding but the thing I liked about tonight is that we got goals from three different lines,” said coach Michel Therrien, whose team is clinging to a share of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-6-1 record. The Canadiens, the Rangers and the Washington Capitals each have 27 points but the Capitals have played one more game.
Erik Cole added a goal from the top line _ his eighth of the season _ while centre David Desharnais collected three assists to move into third place in the NHL scoring race.
“I’ve been telling everybody that he’s the best centre I’ve ever played and now people are beginning to see what I’ve been talking about,” said Pacioretty.
Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec each scored his sixth goal of the season while Travis Moen had the other Montreal goal.
Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin each scored once for the Canucks while Alexandre Burrows had the other goals.
Roberto Luongo started for Vancouver but was lifted after Moen gave the Canadiens a 4-1 late in the second period. Luongo faced only 13 shots.
Carey Price returned to action after missing Tuesday’s game in New Jersey and two days of practice with the flu. He allowed three goals on 18 shots.
“It wasn’t my best game but I didn’t have to be my best because the guys gave me a good lead,” said Price. “I could have practiced Thursday but we didn’t want to push it. I lost some weight because I couldn’t eat for two days but I’m going to watch some football tomorrow and eat some of Max’s Thanksgiving leftovers.”
The Canadiens are back in action Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Lightning visits the Bell Centre.