Pacioretty scores natural hat trick in Habs’ 6-2 victory over Wild (Video)

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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:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)



  1. jimmy shaker says:

    Finally some offence…..Too bad the D got sloppy and gave up that last goal, even the first one. (Would’ve been nice to keep it to 1 or none for the team stats and Carey’s) oh well, at least Carey didn’t have to be spectacular tonight. The only thing that chapped my ass was MT taking that timeout when they were up 6-1. Yes, he had every right to take it, the boys on the ice were out there for a long time, but does he have a very short memory of MacLean doing the same thing to him when the sens were smoking the boys in the dance last year? MT was downright pissed off over that, and he goes and does the same thing tonight. Very inappropriate……at least he got the fourth line out for the PP late in the game and kind of made up for it. Next up, O.V., no problem, right?

    Shaker out!

  2. zephyr says:

    bout time they started forechecking again! plus they played all 3 periods.
    I’ve always liked dd. the guys I don’t much like are briere & gionta. if ur small, u have to score & I think briere & gionta are past it. gio is a ufa next yr. rather get rid of briere but that’s not gonna happen.
    still detest the bouillon/diaz combo. I don’t think u can win consistently with so many undersized dmen.

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …sometimes watching Players in a slump or under-performing We as Fans feel They do not care, and are but going though the motions

    …I know I was beginning to think Patches was unhappy …all scenarios spin in Our heads …Davey maybe washed-up or playing out of His league

    …but, We see listening to Their words understand how much They do care, how frustrated They are about Themselves

    …We want to throw up Our hands, wash Them off the Team, and then …a night like tonight happens …and One wonders whether We know as much as We think We do

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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  4. Sportfan says:

    Wow Oilers beat Jackets 7-0 14 save shutout and Perron had a 4 point night he’s been a good pick up for that team.

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    • chanchilla says:

      DD’s been excellent at every level because of his hockey sense i think, I had suggested earlier that maybe he see the sports shrink that Eller saw, although it didn’t go that far, it’s nice to hear patches say it was all in their heads and they just needed to play the game, heres to another 60 pt season from the double d.

    • Timo says:

      Lots of scoring tonight across NHL. Habs with 6, Oil with 7, Avs 5, Flyers 5

  5. The Jackal says:

    Good to see DD get some points.
    Also good to see Max stick up for his teammate, I loved when he said “I don’t know if you guys know but Davey is a great player.” Exactly – he is, but the rabble rabble gets it all mixed up because they like to jump on anyone who is having a hard time rather than cheer for them.

    Good for Max, good for DD, and good for the Habs.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  6. slyCH says:

    yup great game.

    Might as well,

    Just got in to see Patches with the natural hat trick. Guess he showed HIO. Good for him. Throw in the Briere goal and a few heads must have exploded. Sorry I missed it.

  7. B says:

    Good game, nice to see some guys get rewarded.

    –Go Habs Go!–

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