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Habs’ Pacioretty named NHL’s first star of the week

Mar 4, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty AP

After registering a least a point in all four games and racking up seven points in total, Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty was named the NHL’s first start of the week on Monday.

Pacioretty, 24, notched an assist against Ottawa, two goals against the Leafs and 1G-1A against the Penguins and Bruins — pacing the Canadiens to top spot in the Eastern Conference.

He now leads the Habs in scoring (8G-12A-20PTS) and sits 25th overall in the league.

Second star went to Boston center Patrice Bergeron.

Like Pacioretty, he also registered points in each of his four games last week, finishing with the league lead in both assists (five) and points (seven). Bergeron’s scoring binge moved him past teammates Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Tyler Seguin into Boston’s team scoring lead, with 18 points.

Third star went to Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom.

Backstrom, 35, went 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA as the Wild moved into sixth place in the Western Conference, just two points back of Northwest Division-leading Vancouver for third spot overall.

The Finnish netminder stopped 20 of 21 shots against Calgary, 25 of 28 against Phoenix and 19 of 21 against Edmonton and is now 9-5-2 on the year with a 2.21 GAA and .917 save percentage.

  1. nunan - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Bergeron is the best.

    • mcmurphy22 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Who ever gave this a thumbs down must not watch hockey.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Bergeron is the best Bruin.

  2. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I’m pretty sure the love tap from Chara actually knocked some hockey sense into ole Max.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Chara is still playing? I didn’t see him on the ice last night while the Bruins lost?

      • pepper2011 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Yeah; he is still playing – probably going to win the Norris again. He wasn’t on the ice very much last night he was given a misconduct (deservedly) for an instigator penalty. Sort of shows that he very much is still playing and how important he is. Habs tied and took the lead when he was NOT on the ice. can’t say I mind either. Don’t think the there will be too many guys taking liberties with Seguin in the future.

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      That was the dirtiest hit in recent memory that didn’t result in a suspension. Lucic cheap shot on Miller probably second. Thanks Colie.

      Thankfully “ole Max” had Dr. Recchi for expert advice.

      • cba77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        habsman….I have to laugh, Dr Recchi…you’ve used that ole chestnut probably about 1000 times…cmon man, please some new material please

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        No, I’m going to continue using it.

        BTW, can anyone explain why the horn didn’t go off at the end of last nights game? A little bit of “home cooking?”

        Typical Boston.

      • nunan - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        He pushed him over and then tried to coax him into agreeing to fight before he started swinging. Seems pretty fair to me. Love how you are turning a blind eye to what actually caused that whole event…and the conclusive video evidence to show what happened.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        What hit you tool? the one where he skated up to Emelin and pushed him over while he was looking at him and then waited for Emelin to get up and start throwing punches?

        you know Emelin; the guy who broke his stick on Seguins hip/ribs about 5 seconds before that.

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        I was referring to Chara deliberate attempt to injure Patches two years ago. Don’t know what you two dummies are talking about.

        If you’re talking about the cheap shot on Emelin last night, calling it a “push” is really cute. Nice try. It was a cheap shot from behind. But I guess thats the way things are handled where you come from, wait until somebody turns their back before whacking them. Nice.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        I know you love your bleu et rouge colored glasses, but you should take them off every once in a while; hockey is a pretty fantastic sport – might be nice to actually catch a game – in reality.

        Also, No matter how many times you reference Colin Campbell. He has NOTHING to do with discipline in the NHL. NOTHING.

      • habsman - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        peeper,

        “the one where he skated up to Emelin and pushed him over while he was looking at him..”

        And you question my reality? Laughable if not so stupid.

        So why didn’t the horn sound at the end of the game while there was a mad scramble around the Habs net?

        What did you think about Rat Face putting his stick in Prusts face while Prust was laying on the ice? Pretty honourable huh?

        How about Rat Face turning down Subban? Kinda proves who’s the real coward huh?

        So give me your take (spin) on those three puppies. This should be good.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I’ll respond just because

        So why didn’t the horn sound at the end of the game while there was a mad scramble around the Habs net?
        No idea, don’t care

        What did you think about Rat Face putting his stick in Prusts face while Prust was laying on the ice? Pretty honourable huh?
        I loved it, he should do it more often

        How about Rat Face turning down Subban? Kinda proves who’s the real coward huh?
        From Marchand per Boston Herald, “Subban was asking me to fight there,” Marchand said. “We had three or four guys asking him to fight. He’s running scared from Hortie (Nathan Horton) and he comes after the smallest guy on the team. It just shows the kind of character they have there.”

        Yeah, Subban is real tough. He’s lining up to fight Marchand but won’t against Ferrence, or Horton, or Campbell..etc.

      • cba77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        With a nickname like Patches, someone should try and hurt him…

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Well deserved to Pacioretty – he’s been a tank.

  4. bruinssuck - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Enough said…

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Thanks for that.

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