Canadiens blitz Wild with Pacioretty hat trick

NHL.com | Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 10:54 PM

MONTREAL (NHL.com) - Max Pacioretty scored a natural hat trick in the second period, and Carey Price made 25 saves Tuesday when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-2.

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, and David Desharnais and P.K. Subban each had two assists.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who had a four-game winning streak end.

It was the second regulation loss for the Wild in their past 14 games and snapped an eight-game point streak which was their best since a 10-game point streak March 8-27, 2007 (9-0-1).

Minnesota completes a back-to-back road set against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Wild goalie Josh Harding was chased from the game after Pacioretty scored his third goal. Harding, named one of the NHL's Three Stars of the Week on Monday after going 3-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage, was replaced by Darcy Kuemper. Harding finished with 16 saves on 19 shots; Kuemper allowed three goals on nine shots.

Montreal had scored three goals in three games coming into Tuesday, so coach Michel Therrien switched his forward lines, and they clicked.

Montreal outshot Minnesota 9-7 in the first period with the best chance coming on a Harding glove save off Pacioretty. But the Canadiens seemed to feed of their early chances and Pacioretty would score three straight goals in the second period.

Bournival added a goal in the second period, and Briere and Galchenyuk scored in the third for Montreal, which led 5-0.

Montreal's power play at Bell Centre was 8-for-45 (17.8 percent) but the Canadiens went 2-for-5 on the man-advantage with goals from Pacioretty and Galchenyuk.

The Canadiens play at the Washington Capitals on Friday in the first half of a back-to-back which sees them return home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
02:57MTL Max Pacioretty (3) ASST: David Desharnais (2), P.K. Subban (15) 1 - 0 MTL
10:06MTL Max Pacioretty (4) ASST: David Desharnais (3), Brendan Gallagher (5) 2 - 0 MTL
13:36MTL PPG - Max Pacioretty (5) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (6), P.K. Subban (16) 3 - 0 MTL
16:16MTL Michael Bournival (6) ASST: Travis Moen (3) 4 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
04:42MTL Daniel Briere (3) ASST: Brian Gionta (6), Tomas Plekanec (8) 5 - 0 MTL
05:30MIN Nino Niederreiter (4) ASST: Kyle Brodziak (4), Matt Cooke (7) 5 - 1 MTL
07:59MTL PPG - Alex Galchenyuk (5) ASST: Andrei Markov (10), Brandon Prust (2) 6 - 1 MTL
19:58MIN PPG - Dany Heatley (3) ASST: Ryan Suter (14), Jonas Brodin (4) 6 - 2 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 3Shots: 10
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:41
David Desharnais
David Desharnais
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:19
Andrei Markov
Andrei Markov
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:50MIN Jared Spurgeon  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
11:01MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
11:01MIN Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
03:14MTL Alexei Emelin  Hi-sticking against  Zach Parise
05:42MIN Jared Spurgeon  Tripping against  Brandon Prust
12:35MIN Clayton Stoner  Interference against  Michael Bournival
3rd Period
07:35MIN Kyle Brodziak  Hooking against  Lars Eller
13:00MTL Brendan Gallagher  Tripping against  Zenon Konopka
16:20MIN Marco Scandella  Hooking against  Max Pacioretty
18:11MTL Daniel Briere  Holding against  Mikael Granlund
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/32/5
Faceoff Wins3528
Blocked Shots1223
Penalty Minutes1511
3C. CoyleC0001019:52
4C. StonerD0010215:33
6M. ScandellaD00-13215:08
9M. KoivuC0001021:04
11Z. PariseL0005020:04
14J. FontaineR0001010:22
15D. HeatleyL10-32012:09
17T. MitchellC00-2005:41
20R. SuterD01-32026:56
21K. BrodziakC0110215:56
22N. NiederreiterR1004014:48
24M. CookeL0110015:04
25J. BrodinD01-40023:39
28Z. KonopkaC00-2054:27
29J. PominvilleR00-24017:33
39N. ProsserD0011016:40
46J. SpurgeonD0002419:17
64M. GranlundC00-21018:22
35D. Kuemper69.66726:24
37J. Harding1619.84233:36
8B. PrustL01-10515:18
11B. GallagherR0222215:56
14T. PlekanecC0111015:53
21B. GiontaR0111016:05
26J. GorgesD0010018:30
27A. GalchenyukC10-12015:26
32T. MoenL0110011:13
48D. BriereC1012215:11
49M. BournivalL101308:55
51D. DesharnaisC0221015:19
53R. WhiteC0010010:26
55F. BouillonD0001018:21
61R. DiazD0001018:12
67M. PaciorettyL30210015:41
74A. EmelinD0000218:06
76P. SubbanD0231023:48
79A. MarkovD0120023:09
81L. EllerC00-13018:44
31C. Price2527.92660:00