Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pacioretty Scores Twice to Lead Canadiens in 4-1 Win over NHL-Leading Rangers: Pacioretty Leads Canadiens over Rangers 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pacioretty Scores Twice to Lead Canadiens in 4-1 Win over NHL-Leading Rangers: Pacioretty Leads Canadiens over Rangers 4-1

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MONTREAL - After struggling to find the back of the net over the past month, Max Pacioretty appears to be regaining his goal-scoring groove.

Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the NHL-leading New York Rangers on Sunday night.

It was his first two-goal night since Oct. 26 and upped his season total to 15, just two behind team-leader Erik Cole. Pacioretty also has four goals in his last five games after a 10-game drought.

"It's definitely a good feeling but I think, overall, our line feels that if we help our team win games, it's the best and most rewarding feeling for us," Pacioretty said.

Linemates David Desharnais and Cole also picked up three points each for the Canadiens (17-20-8), who snapped a three-game skid. Desharnais had a goal and two assists while Cole assisted on three goals.

Mike Blunden also scored for Montreal, which saw recently-acquired winger Rene Bourque make his Habs debut after serving the final game of a five-game suspension.

"I felt good early. I got caught out there a couple of times for about two minutes ... but other than that I felt pretty good," Bourque said. "I wanted to take short shifts because I knew I was going to be tired a little bit."

John Mitchell had the lone goal for the Rangers' (28-11-4), with goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopping 24 shots.

"We had no structure defensively. That was our biggest problem," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "As good as we were last night defensively, we were that bad tonight.

"A big part of our success as a team is our structure defensively and we had zero of that tonight."

Peter Budaj made 29 saves for just his second win of the season, and his first on home ice.

"(Budaj) played great," Pacioretty said of the Canadiens' back-up. "He hasn't played much, he's worked his bag off every day in practice and it definitely showed today. It's a great feeling for him. The boys really stepped up for him. We really wanted to get that one for him. …

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