Pacioretty's goal too much for B's to overcome

Pacioretty's goal too much for B's to overcome
May 15, 2014, 1:45 am
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BOSTON - Call it poetic justice for Max Pacioretty.

A few years after he took a Zdeno Chara check into the stanchions that ended his season and sent the entire city of Montreal into a frenzy, it was Pacioretty who scored the game-winner for the Canadiens in Game 7 against the Bruins.

The goal came midway through the second period with the Habs already holding a 1-0 lead.

Boston had finally awoken and had been putting pressure on Carey Price and the Habs for the majority of the second period. But like the entire series, the Canadiens would make the most of their opportunities, even if it was in the midst of a Bruins attack.

Fighting to make something happen in the B's defensive zone, Habs winger Brendan Gallagher got the puck to David Desharnais out above the left face-off circle. As it appeared Desharnais lost the puck to Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg, he somehow recovered and had a clear path to the net, and a 2-on-1 with Pacioretty.

Torey Krug dove in hopes to break up the pass, but he couldn't get a stick on it. That left Pacioretty with the one-timer past Rask who couldn't get over in time.

"Just like everything else you need a bounce," Pacioretty said. "Gelly’s [Brendan Gallagher] a little pit bull in there, he forced a turnover. As soon as I see Davey [David Desharnais] with it, we know what we’re doing, we’re on the same page and I’m faking like I’m going to the net, and then I’m stopping and the defenseman backs up a bit and he gives me a wide open net. It’s one of those things that line mates are doing work for me and I’m fortunate to put it in the back of the net."

When it appeared Desharnais had lost the puck, the Bruins forwards broke out. That's why they were all so out of place when Desharnais recovered.

"I thought we had it," Bergeron said. "I didn’t gamble on that play. It was just I really thought we had it."

The Bruins would get one back later in the period, but Pacioretty's goal proved to be the one that mattered most - and it came in his first ever Game 7. He also had a goal and an assist in Game 6. In 11 games this postseason, he has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and is feeling good about the way he and his team responded after Game 5.

"Of course I am [happy]," Pacioretty said. "This is a team game and I’m not going out there and playing the same way I do in the regular season. We have a one goal lead, I’m not taking any chances, I’m making sure I’m coming back. This is a team sport and the reason we have success is because we have four lines rolling right now and everybody is pitching in."