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Canadiens remain one of the hottest teams in the East

Nov 30, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens started early and finished strong against their long-time rivals from Toronto.

In a classic Saturday night match-up, the Canadiens triumphed over the Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-2, claiming their fifth victory in the last six games. The Habs have 11 of a possible 12 points in that span.

They didn’t waste any time putting the Leafs in the rear-view mirror.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game on a rebound opportunity, after his initial shot on a breakaway was stopped, as were the other two second chances he got on Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Pacioretty also scored short-handed in the second period to put the Habs up four goals. He then used his stick like an sword, which seemed to fire up the Leafs.

Toronto got a pair of goals from James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond 22 seconds apart to make it interesting heading into the third period.

The comeback would fall short.

The Habs improved their record to 7-1-2 over the last 10 games. There are three other teams in the East with that many wins over this most recent 10-game stretch. They include the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I figured that the celebration after Pacioretty’s second goal was a tribute to golfer Chi Chi Rodriquez.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      What bothered me a lot more than the celebration was the Leafs’ tying goal being waved off for incidental contact with the goalie, initiated by the goalie, followed later by a Hab tripping Leafs goalie Bernier and no call. Also annoying was Kessel missing a check on a Habs goal and then hitting the post on an open net.

  2. joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Montreal played a very good game but for a couple of mistakes that led to the two goals. The protected the middle of the ice very effectively. Solid net minding by Canada’s number one goalie, and excellent game by the Norris Trophy winner and the line of Desharnais, Gallagher and Pacioretty all contributed to the team victory. We did get to see another useless staged fight which only served to satisfy the ego of Parros.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Joey, It sounds like you have been drinking too much of the Hab’s Koolaid.
      I think Canada would be in trouble with Price in nets and PK on D but then again I don’t like the Habs. Have a good one!

      • bsaures - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        So pretty much every single analyst is as well? Everyone except for leaf fans has accepted that Price is by far Canada’s best option right now and is playing among the best in the world

      • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        You gotta come around here more often. At least to give us your take on the season DET is having. What a team.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      What’s up with the Wings home record? They are usually really good on home ice.Datsyuk goes down and they go on a 4 game win streak, who figures. Alfie and the Mule are heating up and Kromwall has been lights out for them. I’m glad the Wings are battling through the change back to the East because I remember Babcock saying last year that he watched some of the Hab’s previous 3 games on the flight to Montreal and that the Wings didn’t have a book on any of the Eastern teams. I’m sure that has changed now. If the Wings were still in the Central they would be tied with Minnesota in 4th spot. Even though I believe the best teams in the East are better than the best teams in the West, the standings tell me other wise. Cheers

  3. logicalcomment - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    it’s a sad sad world we live in where everybody is offended by every little thing.

  4. istallion - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Leafs coach has more important issues he should be concerned about….like scoring goals.

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