Maxed out

MONTREAL (CP) - Max Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens (15-9-3) and Carey Price stopped 34 shots.

James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond scored for the Leafs (14-10-3), while Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves.

The Canadiens wasted no time getting on the scoreboard after the Leafs' Carl Gunnarsson took a penalty for interference in the game's first minute.

Pacioretty scored his eighth of the season on the power play at 0:58 after taking a crisp pass from Subban, who was deep in his own zone. Pacioretty walked in on the breakaway and got off three shots on net before sliding one past Bernier's outstretched leg.

Price got an assist on the goal, his first point of the season.

Subban added to the lead at 16:13 of the first after a David Desharnais face-off win landed on his stick. Subban took a step towards the goal and beat Bernier with a wrist shot over his blocker.

George Parros and Colton Orr opened the second period by dropping the gloves - their first fight since the Oct. 1 season opener when Parros left the game with a concussion.

The Canadiens added to their lead at 15:05 of the second period when Plekanec fired home his ninth of the year on a two-on-one with Daniel Briere. Pacioretty put the game out of reach two minutes later with his second of the game, while playing shorthanded.

The Leafs answered with two quick goals of their own. Van Riemsdyk got the first for Toronto, lifting the puck from a tight angle into the roof of the net over a crouching Price at 18:10 of the second. Raymond scored 22 seconds later, tapping a rebound into a gaping net to make it 4-2.

Both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs were coming off 3-2 losses in extra time on Friday night. Montreal lost to the Washington Capitals in a shootout, while Buffalo scored 38 seconds into overtime to beat Toronto.

The Leafs and Canadiens entered the game tied in the standings with 31 points.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:58MTL PPG - Max Pacioretty (8) ASST: P.K. Subban (19), Carey Price (1) 1 - 0 MTL
16:13MTL P.K. Subban (4) ASST: Max Pacioretty (3), David Desharnais (5) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
15:05MTL Tomas Plekanec (9) ASST: Daniel Briere (4), Brian Gionta (9) 3 - 0 MTL
17:22MTL SHG - Max Pacioretty (9) ASST: Lars Eller (8) 4 - 0 MTL
18:10TOR James van Riemsdyk (12) ASST: Tyler Bozak (6), Phil Kessel (10) 4 - 1 MTL
18:32TOR Mason Raymond (9) ASST: Paul Ranger (6) 4 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 2Shots: 10
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:26
P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 24:11
Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 23:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:20TOR Carl Gunnarsson  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
18:06MTL Tomas Plekanec  Cross checking against  Nazem Kadri
2nd Period
04:33TOR Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
04:33MTL George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
05:31MTL Alexei Emelin  Tripping against  Nazem Kadri
10:44TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
10:44MTL P.K. Subban  Slashing against  Dion Phaneuf
16:03MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Boarding against  Trevor Smith
3rd Period
15:50MTL Travis Moen  Tripping against  James van Riemsdyk
19:12TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/41/2
Faceoff Wins3640
Blocked Shots1118
Penalty Minutes1115
2M. FraserD0010012:29
3D. PhaneufD0001422:39
11J. McClementC0001010:56
12M. RaymondL1004018:42
15P. RangerD0104019:42
21J. van RiemsdykL10-16024:35
22J. SmithsonC000006:44
23T. SmithC0013010:50
28C. OrrR000056:25
36C. GunnarssonD00-11219:54
37C. AshtonR000005:59
41N. KuleminL0000010:06
42T. BozakC01-13024:34
43N. KadriC00-11016:14
44M. RiellyD00-22020:02
51J. GardinerD0002025:30
71D. ClarksonR0002017:50
81P. KesselR01-16025:32
45J. Bernier3539.89757:51
6D. MurrayD0001014:24
8B. PrustL0001012:52
11B. GallagherR0014012:57
14T. PlekanecC1004223:09
15G. ParrosR000053:25
17R. BourqueR00-15011:25
21B. GiontaR0101023:27
26J. GorgesD0001020:48
27A. GalchenyukC00-2027:54
32T. MoenL0002214:53
48D. BriereC0110012:24
51D. DesharnaisC0110015:33
61R. DiazD0001016:24
67M. PaciorettyL21210015:26
74A. EmelinD0002216:50
76P. SubbanD1116224:11
79A. MarkovD0011027:52
81L. EllerC0100016:06
31C. Price3436.94460:00