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Video: Pacioretty ends scoring slump, Vanek adds PPG

May 12, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens took advantage of an error by Bruins rookie Kevan Miller to get the early lead, but with Boston fighting back and the Canadiens’ season on the line, it seemed unlikely that one goal would be enough.

It won’t have to be now. Max Pacioretty‘s lack of offensive output — he had one goal in nine playoff games — had been a persistent topic recently, but he came up big tonight. He outskated Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara as the puck sped towards Boston’s net and Pacioretty was able to wrist it by Tuukka Rask as a result.

You can see that goal below:

Just 2:15 minutes later, Thomas Vanek netted a power-play goal to give the Canadiens a 3-0 lead, which they took into the second intermission:

  1. joey4id - May 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Ahem! Ahem!

    joey4id – May 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM
    Patchioretty needs to put the biscuit in the net. Bruins need to watch for the stretch pass.

  2. lowenni - May 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Good for Nathan Beaulieu getting the assist on Pacioretty’s goal in his playoff debut. Should help him calm his nerves and will be a memorable moment. Good for Mike Weaver getting the secondary assists on that too, he’s been perhaps Montreal’s most underrated player with the way he is blocking shots and playing defense. Very good grab there by Bergevin at the trade deadline.

  3. bigdaddy44 - May 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Missing – Zdeno ‘The Ghost’ Chara’s heart and testicles. If found please return to the TD Garden for Wednesday night. Six games without them is long enough, especially when 75% of his teammates are playing follow the captain.

  4. jpat2424 - May 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Just waiting for Boston to goon it up

    • drewsylvania - May 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      And they did. Yet, the Montreal fans had to do something much worse and throw stuff onto the ice.

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