|MIN||0||0||2||(0 - 0)||2|
|MTL||0||4||2||(0 - 0)||6|
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.
|Max Pacioretty (3) ASST: David Desharnais (2), P.K. Subban (15)|
1 - 0 MTL
|Max Pacioretty (4) ASST: David Desharnais (3), Brendan Gallagher (5)|
2 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Max Pacioretty (5) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (6), P.K. Subban (16)|
3 - 0 MTL
|Michael Bournival (6) ASST: Travis Moen (3)|
4 - 0 MTL
|Daniel Briere (3) ASST: Brian Gionta (6), Tomas Plekanec (8)|
5 - 0 MTL
|Nino Niederreiter (4) ASST: Kyle Brodziak (4), Matt Cooke (7)|
5 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Alex Galchenyuk (5) ASST: Andrei Markov (10), Brandon Prust (2)|
6 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Dany Heatley (3) ASST: Ryan Suter (14), Jonas Brodin (4)|
6 - 2 MTL
|Jared Spurgeon Tripping against Max Pacioretty|
|Brandon Prust Fighting against Zenon Konopka|
|Zenon Konopka Fighting against Brandon Prust|
|Alexei Emelin Hi-sticking against Zach Parise|
|Jared Spurgeon Tripping against Brandon Prust|
|Clayton Stoner Interference against Michael Bournival|
|Kyle Brodziak Hooking against Lars Eller|
|Brendan Gallagher Tripping against Zenon Konopka|
|Marco Scandella Hooking against Max Pacioretty|
|Daniel Briere Holding against Mikael Granlund|
|SA: 9||TOI: 26:24|
|Saves: 6||EV: 5 - 7|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .667||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 19||TOI: 33:36|
|Saves: 16||EV: 13 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .842||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 27||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 25||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .926||SH: 2 - 2|