Max Pacioretty's Breakout Night Is A Good Sign For Montreal Canadiens

By Jonathan Katje
Montreal Canadiens Pacioretty
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A three-goal night from Max Pacioretty helped the Montreal Canadiens get a much-needed win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, just their third win in the past nine games. The six goals the Canadiens scored was a season-high, and it was only the second time in the last 12 games that they have scored four or more goals. The Canadiens came into the game 22nd in the league in scoring, but thanks to a strong power play and great nights from their young stars, they might finally have something to build on. Pacioretty was one of the most consistent forwards the past two seasons, but was off to a slow start with only two goals and four points in 12 games.

In addition to Pacioretty, David Desharnais finally delivered a noteworthy game after a rough start to the season. After a start that even Montreal’s mayor criticized, Desharnais assisted on all three of Pacioretty’s goals, tripling his previous point production in just one night. Daniel Briere, Michael Bournival and Alex Galchenyuk also scored, and Carey Price pulled his season record to 8-8-2. Galchenyuk’s goal was his third in five games, as he continues to be one of the team’s hottest forwards. Defenseman P.K. Subban maintained the team lead in points (19) with a pair of assists, but the story of the night was a six-goal outburst from a team that has only seen five players score five goals or more so far this season.

Despite their rough start, the Canadiens now sit just one point behind the Detroit Red Wings for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, and have now shown they have the offensive depth to be a playoff threat.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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