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Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais broke out of their respective slumps Tuesday night at the Bell Centre to help lead the Habs to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Pacioretty scored a natural hat trick, set up twice by Desharnais, including a pretty, blind pass on the second goal.
The two former linemates, who had a lot of success in the 2011-12 season, were back playing together on a newly configured line with Brendan Gallagher.
“I’d been under-performing,” Pacioretty said after the game. “Me and Davey had a lot to prove. (Gallagher) makes every line go. And they put him on our line to get us going and it worked.”
The chemistry with Desharnais is at a level where Pacioretty said: “I think he knows where I’m going so he can throw blind passes and I think that’s what happened tonight.”
Pacioretty had gone seven games with just one point since he returned to the lineup on Nov. 2 after suffering a strained hamstring. Desharnais has been struggling this season and only had one point coming into the game, although he scored the shootout winner last Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Pacioretty said Desharnais’ success Tuesday was his happiest moment from the game.
“Davey takes way too much criticism,” Pacioretty said. “We almost talked tonight and said just forget everything we know. We know how we can play together. … Those passes he gave me were something he probably wouldn’t have tried because he was in his own head before. You know what, he’s just got to trust his gut and trust his instincts and that’s what he did on those plays and you can’t get set up better than that.”
You can listen to more of what Pacioretty had to say here:
You can hear what Desharnais had to say after the game here:
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