(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)