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Game 6 the ‘best I’ve seen this team play, ever,’ says Habs’ Pacioretty

May 13, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

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Max Pacioretty has been with the Canadiens since 2008 and seen plenty of games, but none of them top Monday’s big 4-0 win over Boston in Game 6 of their second-round series.

“It was definitely the first time in this series that we controlled the pace of the game,” Pacioretty said, per the Montreal Gazette. “That’s the best I’ve seen this team play — ever — since I started wearing this uniform.

“When you use our speed it’s so frustrating for a team to play against us.”

The Habs certainly looked the faster team in Game 6, and Pacioretty had plenty to do with that. The NHL’s fourth-leading goalscorer this year — with 39 — Pacioretty failed to find the back of the net once in the first five games of the series and had come under fire for his lack of production, especially since he was a virtual non-factor in last year’s opening-round loss to Ottawa and had just two points in this year’s Round 1 sweep of Tampa Bay.

Tonight, though, “Patch” broke through.

The most telling example of his improved play — and Montreal’s speed, too — came on his goal, when he outraced Zdeno Chara for a loose puck:

Following the game, Pacioretty decided to have a little fun at the media’s expense. He, along with teammate P.K. Subban, sounded both excited and supremely confident heading into Wednesday’s Game 7 in Boston, and Pacioretty opted to express that to reporters.

“I read every article written about me and it taught me how to score,” Pacioretty said. “That was the difference tonight.”


  1. 33to22 - May 13, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Me, too. Go Habs!

  2. Tarsch - May 13, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Nice one, Pacioretty! LOL

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    I’m not sure if I watched a different game but the Canadiens hardly controlled pace. I would actually say it was the other way around and barring a few defensive miscues by the B’s, it should have been a very tight game.

    • imleftcoast - May 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Maybe not a different game, but you evidently missed the first period. It was pretty clear the Bruins couldn’t keep up with the pace. That said, there’s no guarantee the Habs bring that to the Garden tomorrow night. I wouldn’t bet against the Bruins at home in Game 7. And I f’ing hate the Bruins.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Nah, the gift goal swung momentum in the Canadiens favor for a few minutes but otherwise that was it

  4. the8man - May 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Coincidentally, I can’t remember a more futile outing all season long than this one for the Bs. Nothing worked. Absolutely, nothing.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Yeah agreed, how many mistakes can the Bruins make in a single game and expect to mount a third period comeback. Montreal capitalized on the mistakes and that is the difference. It helps that their forwards can actually put the puck in the empty net. If Lucic could actually shoot the puck instead of hitting it off the heel of the blade or just blatantly missing or Erikkson could put it on net this might have a different outcome.

      Is it legal to deliver the forearm shivers that Subban keeps using to the back of the head when he goes into the corner with a Bruins forward? He did game 5 with Lucic, last night with Bergeron and so many other times. In most games thats a penalty but I guess he is he chosen one this series or maybe the refs can’t see it??

      • infectorman - May 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        It’s not JUST the forearm shivers.
        It’s the punches straight to the chest of several Bruin players over the course of the series. He has given them an overhand punch directly to the chest several times now, knocking players over and out of the play.

        Serious preferential treatment for the chosen one. In most games for most players that is called ROUGHING and nets 2 min in the box

      • kaptaanamerica - May 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Everyone knows the Bruins are the cheap shot artists in the league during the play-offs.

    • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Of course. How dare we give credit to the opponent. As well as Boston played in game 5, which completely discombobulated the Habs, it’s the Habs that played a very good game with their back against the wall, and the Bruins looked all out of sorts. All I can hope for in game 7 is that both teams play at their very best for our entertainment.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Joey – I give credit to the Habs, they came out flying and they have obviously played well enough in this series to have already won. A couple of OT games could have gone either way and this series could be over. Price and Subban have been great. Does that mean we aren’t allowed to ask about some of the not-so-great plays in the game? What do you think about the blatant punches he throws almost every time he goes into the corner?

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        My comment was in response to the8man’s comment.

        “What do you think about the blatant punches he throws almost every time he goes into the corner?”

        I think it’s all part of the game, and when I say game I’m talking about the big picture. “The NHL Playoffs”. I’m not defending the actions of Subban, Lucic, Markov, Chara, Crosby, Marchand, etc…. This stuff happens in every game of the playoffs. The fiercest of competitors play on the edge. Crosby got cross checked behind the head. No penalty. Crosby speared Moore. No penalty and no fine. Marchand speared Subban in game 3. No penalty. Bottom line is these are inconsequential incidents that are happening in every playoff game, and it happens every year. Big deal!

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        @joey – as a Bruins fan this is what frustrates us. Chara gets “speared” in the nuts by Markov, and there is no article about it. Lucic does it and there is. There is a double standard when it comes to the Bruins. I have said it before and I’ll say it again. The Bruins start VERY little of the tough guy stuff. They just finish it.
        The habs are the kid on the bus growing up that would flick your ear and when you got sick of it and punched the kid; you were the only one to get in trouble.
        They are the annoying little brother that gets away with crap because they are smaller.

        Seriously PHT – Where are the diving articles on the Habs or the Markov nut shot articles?

        no, you write an article about how it “looks” like it all started by Chara’s actions. Yes, it did. Chara got tripped and confronted the guy who then nutted him. His team game to stand up for their captain because they know; there isn’t anyone on the team who will stand up to chara (although I give weaver a little credit for at least pretending).

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        pepper, it doesn’t matter who starts and who finishes, who does what, who doesn’t…. It’s about winning. And every team is guilty of a cheap shot here and there, a dive here and there, a head snapping back to get a high stick call. Are the Canadians innocent? No. Are the Bruins innocent? No. I can say the same of all the teams who are still in the playoffs. You focus on this s**t and it becomes a distraction. You think Crosby will go into game 7 tonight still thinking about the shower he got courtesy of Lundqvist, or that Moore will be thinking of a spear he got from Crosby. If St. Louis can play through the pain of loosing his mom, then I think these professional athletes can deal with these minor incidents that fans seem to be more concerned about than the players themselves. Pick your battles….. Take a page out of the players mental approach to the game. Move on. This is the 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

  5. pastabelly - May 13, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    All of these games are their own entities. The Bruins will reset in Game 7, hopefully, ashamed by this effort and come out strong tomorrow night.

  6. titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Cool story Pac, because this was the worst the Bruins have played in quite some time.

  7. joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Carey Price has played in 4 elimination games this year including one in the Olympics and he’s won all 4 and giving up only one goal. Last night was a huge momentum shift in favor of the Habs, and that’s exactly where you want to be going into a game 7. B’s will be feeding off their past 7th game experience to put this loss behind them, and prep for tomorrow. The B’s should come out as hard as they ever have during the first 10 minutes tomorrow so Les Canadiens better have the helmets riveted to their heads.

    Stay tuned for “Joey’s keys to game” coming tomorrow sponsored by blomfeld. :-)

    • titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      If you think momentum means anything in hockey then you aren’t paying attention. I would probably agree with you if this were any other sport, but for whatever reason, in hockey a team can get demolished one game & then come back with a vengeance in the next. Just look to the Habs in game 5/6 for the latest example.

      • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Did I say the Habs would win because of momentum? No. So back off.

      • titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        back off? lol panties riding up?

  8. infectorman - May 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    God Chara looks slower than ever.
    Rask needs to tighten up his pads.. How many 5-hole goals can you let in?
    Lucic needs to bury the open net shot. Krecji needs to do something

    Habs wanted it more and deserved that W.
    Game 7 should be fun and it’s been a great series…true to form for a rivalry older than dirt…

    B’s in ……..7!

  9. muckleflugga - May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    in the usual bruins snivel-fest, it’s always about missed chances, or miscues, or pk subban getting away with blue murder or well, bruins we’re actually the better team on balance but

    les canadiens poured four past our goalie as an aberration to the natural order, when eight would have been fitting

    in the game i watched, bruins were scorched by speed and more speed … bruins were chasing the puck all night … bruins were chasing hits but not catching … and bruins snipers –using the term loosely– couldn’t hit the broad side of a bull’s ass from four feet away

    all predictable when you populate a team with slow of foot cement-handed slugs like zdeno chara and jarome iginla and milan lucic, and young defensemen who look lost time and again under any pressing speed … muscle-ears miller and juke-me johnny boychuk are just plain lousy when removed from the dressing of presidents’ cup winning hype

    equally as predictable and slob slobbering were iginla and lucic, knuckles scraping, coming to the aid of zdeno chara, he incapable of defending himself against a five foot ten behemoth like mike weaver … laughable were it not so ashamedly pathetic

    talk about a pair of jackals, bargain basement mongrels living the boston dream

    julien has his hands full, finding a way to retrain the untrainable in time for wednesday lmao

    • dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Conventient examples to build your point muck. How is the speed of Soderbergh, Smith and Klug? Last I checked it was 3-3 in the series with a home game deciding it. I don’t think anyone thought it would go shorter than 6 games so your one sided bias is unwarranted. Why you hate the Bruins so much is something you can work out with your therapist or maybe some self help books on your lonely drive from Calgary into the country you despise but need so much. I’ll be at game 7 enjoying playoff hockey in May, something you haven’t seen other than your senior league down on the still frozen pond in June…

  10. petbla - May 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Rask does not look like a goalie that can win a cup. Looked awful on all 4 goals including the empty netter when he fell down heading to the bench. The Habs played well and didn’t make mistakes.

    • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Could have said the same thing about Crawford after 2 games against STL. Could have said the same thing about Quick. Could have said the same thing about Price after last game.

      RASK is still leading all goalies in playoff stats, but yeah judge on one or two bad games. He also led them to the Cup finals last year.

      how are so many of you allowed internet access?

  11. pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Hey Halford – where is the article on the Classless Habs fans throwing stuff at Players?

    I don’t get it. Nameless and faceless people who claim to be Bruins fans post crap on twitter, and it’s a story, but people who were actually at the game throw stuff and crickets?

    do your job.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Controversial articles and getting people riled up inspires comments which in turn sells ad space which is ultimately what this website is all about – and cross marketing the NBC/Universal/ Comcast brands. There are very few Montreal people on these boards so going after the Bruins is a great way to get us in a tizzy and increase the price of advertising. Its business.

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Great points. It’s just annoying that they feed the Bruin haters. Yes, they do stuff that I don’t like, but for the most part; they play the game the right way.

        The fact that anyone who understands hockey thinks Claude is putting his top line out there to start crap when the game is over is ridiculous. He knows those guys have short fuses, and if Markov doesn’t start it, nothing happens. Claude isn’t going to risk losing iginla or lucic for a game 7.

        The bruins can lose their cool, but never at moments like this. Not heading into game 7. Not under Claude. Regular season game in December; iginla doesn’t let Markov go…

      • kaptaanamerica - May 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Quit your crying, you guys are always making up stuff

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Not sure who or what you are talking about Cap’n.

        Nobody is calling for Markov to be suspended or any of that. The point is the hypocrisy. If there weren’t 2 articles and hundreds of comments on how Lucic is the worst human in the world because he gave Emelin a nut shot; Nobody would have said anything. It’s the fact that the same play happened a couple games later and there is no mention of it because the guy has a toilet seat on his sweater instead of a B.

        What exactly is being made up?

        Markov hit Chara in the nuts and no blog was written about it.
        Montreal fans pelt the Bruins with Beer and Trash – No article written about it
        I Promise you if the B’s lose tomorrow, and the fans throw stuff at Canadiens players it would be front page news. At least two articles about how classless boston fans are.

        The point being is (for the most part) Bruins fans realize this is part of the game. Although fans throwing stuff is REALLY EFFIN DUMB. There is nobody in Boston calling for Markov’s head. The Bruins fans complain that the Bruins Laundry is always aired and not usually their opponent.

        Notice how you didn’t see any of this crap in the SCF’s against Chicago? Ever ask why?

        That team and their fan base has dignity. They understand the game.

    • titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      the story on the racist twitter idiots was proven false anyway. those 17k tweets were actually from around the world, not just from boston. but why bother doing research before labeling an entire fanbase right?

      • pepper2011 - May 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Yeah, I don’t remember seeing the recant, but as dtp pointed out it’s all about web hits and advertising.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Waa waa crybabies.everybody knows you’ll make up revised…

    • titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      • kovodisc - May 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Thanks for posting that TITANSBRO

        Great read.

    • joey4id - May 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Stop whining. You sound like a 2 year old.

  12. jacques05 - May 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I believe the antics last night at the end was bs! Take the loss rebuild play game 7 sending a message or acting like a bunch of baboons? I say baboons Causing the bell center to throw rubbish which is totally ridiculous and very low brow!

    • crusty14 - May 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      so the bruins reacting to markovs trip and nut shot on Chara caused the bell centers fans to throw crap on the ice? Sounds perfectly logical jacque

  13. muckleflugga - May 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    for savoirlaire … long and off topic so don’t read

    were i writing to please business associates as i have in the past, or a paying readership as does frank deford through the present, my writing would be structured to meet accepted standard and always was, and is –i am flattered to be mentioned in the same sentence as frank deford, by someone claiming to be a professional writer yet

    now to your critique

    these are of course comment sections in hockey blogs where one can hardly be expected to find or meet any standard in a wide and varied readership, all gifted with reading comprehension and means of expression according to individual age and experience

    in here i’ve seen many commentators grow as writers, learning to risk themselves and ideas in a forum where single-minded abuse directed at their persons is the norm, even as they attempt to grow … still, the thrust and parry is all part of the hardening process, tempering then honing developing skills for those risking themselves

    short of a single instance involving a student of journalism, rarely have i seen any among them feel need to qualify personal literacy, preferring rather to let their ideas flow, with hockey understandings as currency in exchange for rated value, thumbs up or down

    you are only the second person i’ve seen in two years, appearing magically and presenting with need to qualify themselves as professional writers, this before uttering further word … the first did so as a legitimate means to fix his relationship with a writer working for the province … in your instance no legitimacy is apparent

    one might think a professional writer or a person educated as a writer might be capable of letting their voice define them accordingly

    examining the record, i’ve never seen a comment delivered under your current pseudonym herein constituted of anything of consequence … your comments represent the definitive one-line tripe, bereft of thoughtful input or hockey intuition … your current attack does not define the reasoned thought processes of a professional writer, many of whom i know and have worked with in professional capacity

    you claim to be a professional writer, but routine google search exposes your pseudonym as being from an itinerant blog jackal, seeking weeds to hide in, piss, then slink away … having that much time on your hands, i find myself doubting your so-called status as a professional writer, not evident in your prose i’ve stumbled across

    the fact of the matter is, your blogging comments typically involve sarcasm and abuse, rarely seen in those gainfully employed subject to sanction in professional lives … look at your offering in here, work of a professional writer in comparison to my own, it is to laugh:

    and of course i’m a blowhard, with many of my posts intentionally exaggerated as a literary device unto itself, telling tall tales as it were … i’ve declared that intent, and as faithful readers know, lampoon myself accordingly … much of what occurs in hockeytalk is composed of scandal sheet rot, and is subject to ridicule and lampoon accordingly …

    some get it, some do not … some are easily offended, some not

    and i deliberately incite debate, trolling in stagnant water often as not … look at what i dragged in today, another village idiot … lurking in the weeds inflating shrivelled penis in blog-stalking flagellation

    in closing i’ll mention the post drawing your critique, critique speaking largely to economy in word, was in the order of one hundred and twenty six words whereas as your effort in retort was one hundred and thirty six words …?

    and you claim to speak for the literate majority, seeking succour and support in a like-minded herd daring to sanction the right honourable muckleflugga … were you a confident and professional writer, your intelligence would stand by itself, and not need to rally help using cheap devices

    to quote mark twain –whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause for reflection … when you’re done peering into windows, beating your meat in the weeds, wash up then look in a mirror

    come the pissant with me, i’ll feed you your lunch every time

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