Pat Hickey‘s game story:
Max Pacioretty scored at 2:31 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Nashville Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.
P. K. Subban stepped up to corral a loose puck and he fed the puck to Pacioretty, who tucked a shot under the crossbar against Pekka Rinne.
The goal gave Peter Budaj his first win as a Canadien. The backup goaltender, who was making only his second start of the season, made 25 saves.
The win gave the Canadiens a sweep of their two-game road swing through Phoenix and Nashville.They remain 12th in the Eastern standings but they are only two points behind eighth-place Tampa Bay.
David Desharnais, who is battling to keep his job at centre on one of the top two lines, advanced his cause when he opened the scoring at 13:49 of the opening period. Desharnais took a pass from Erik Cole, went to the net and was rewarded when a bouncing puck went in off his shin pad. Desharnais also picked up the second assist on the winning goal and won 10 of 16 faceoffs.
The Predators tied the score when Shea Weber scored a shorthanded goal at 3:20 of the second period. Weber beat Budaj on a slapshot from the top of the faceoff circle after Brian Gionta lost a faceoff to Nick Spaling in the Canadiens’ zone.
The Canadiens went 0-for-3 with the extra man and gave up the shorthanded goal. The penalty-killing unit was more successful. The Predators came up empty on four occasions, including a 47-second span when Nashville had a 5-0n-3 advantage but failed to get a shot on goal.
The Canadiens have a busy week ahead with four games in six nights, all against Eastern Conference teams. The Buffalo Sabres are at the Bell Centre Monday (7 p.m. TSN-A, RDS, TSN Radio-990) followed by a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday. The team travels to Long Island Thursday and returns home to play the New York Rangers Saturday.