Pacioretty leads Habs’ offense in 3-2 win over the Devils (Video)

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(Photo: John Mahoney, The Gazette)

Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty scored two power play goals Monday night to help lead the Habs to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.

Line mates David Desharnais and Danny Brière each picked up an assist.

“This is their second game together. We can see there’s some chemistry starting to build,” Coach Michel Therrien said.

“That’s a good thing. That’s the reason why we try to put those guys (together) as much as we can.”

Therrien highlighted Pacioretty’s power and speed.

“Since Day 1 (of training camp) he came with the right attitude…He’s in great shape, he’s powerful. It’s demanding to play against him when he’s using his speed like that,” Therrien said.

With the start of their regular season a week away, the Canadiens went with a squad of veterans. The two prospects penciled into the lineup were defenseman Jarred Tinordi and forward Michaël Bournival who centred the Habs’ fourth line flanked by Travis Moen and Ryan White.

For a first game all together, Therrien said he liked what he saw in some areas although the timing wasn’t always there in others. But that’s normal at this time of year, he said.

“In general, I liked the effort.”

The Canadiens have two preseason games left, both against the Ottawa Senators. They play at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday in Kanata and on Thursday at the Bell Centre.

You can listen to what Pacioretty had to say after the game here:

You can listen to Ryan White here:

You can hear what P.K. Subban had to say here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)

370 Comments

  1. krob1000 says:

    After weeks of mulling it over I have solved the riddle of the d logjam. Hire Carbo back …and we can have a 4th line with Diaz-Beaulieu and Tinordi on it.

  2. GrosBill says:

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson is considering appealing his 10-game suspension Clarkson was automatically assessed the ban when he left the bench on Sunday night to participate in a brawl with the Buffalo Sabres. – TSN

  3. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re the Diaz conversation on the previous page.

    First off, we really don’t know what Diaz can bring in terms of the Total Package…and NO, he will never be Scott Stevens.

    His Total NHL experience shows he played 59 games in the disaster season of 11/12, and only 23 + 5 playoff games last year with an almost 2 month injury layoff because of a concussion ( Feb 25th-April 20th).
    That makes things difficult to evaluate.

    On the plus side, he is a very inexpensive piece of the present day Cap puzzle with a Cap Hit of a tiny $1.225M.
    Many would consider that an excellent bargain as he moves to UFA status next summer.

    As previously mentioned, if Diaz is properly utilized, he could be the Habs clone of the Blackhawks Nick Leddy.
    Both Leddy and Diaz are similar in size, mobility, and puck skills, and both lack any semblance of physicality.

    In Chicago, Leddy played 3rd pair Even Strength Minutes, yet was a valuable piece of the PP, and a very important Insurance Policy in case Keith or Seabrook were injured.
    Diaz is also that Insurance Policy for the Habs at this present moment.

    The difference was that Coach Q recognized that Leddy’s lack of physicality could not be a fit for a Top Unit or Top 4 PK guy – while Coach MT played Diaz on the 1st Unit PK…which was truly a mistake that needs correction this year.

    The fickle hockey gods will decide Diaz’s future.
    That will be based upon his own performance, along with the progression of slick offense guys such as Beaulieu, Nygren, and an interesting dark horse in Dietz.

    Also to be noted, PP specialists become sought after commodities once Trade Deadline arrives.
    Although Diaz does not have the pedigree Kaberle had in 2011, the Bruins still saw fit to spend a 1st Round pick/a 2nd Round pick/and Center Joe Colborne to acquire Kaberle.

    If ever traded, half of that return would be a huge Habs bonus as Diaz was never drafted and cost the Habs nothing to acquire.

  4. Timo says:

    Leaf for only a few months he is already full of stupid

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=432650

  5. Bill says:

    Prust injured. Saw that coming.

    Stop fighting scrubs in the preseason, Prusty.

  6. habsfan0 says:

    I haven’t seen any of the Habs exhibition games as I won’t be ordering RDS until October 1.

    Do they look ready for the regular season?

  7. TheDagger says:

    EDIT: @Timo’s Question below.
    PK – Emelin
    Markov – Murray
    Tinordi – Gorges

  8. Timo says:

    Would you rather

    a) PK, Emelin, Markov, Tinordi, Gorges, Murray
    b) PK, Emelin, Markov, Tinordi, Bouillon, Murray
    c) PK, Emelin, Markov, Diaz, Gorges, Bouillon
    d) PK, Emelin, Markov, Gorges, Diaz, Murray


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