Call it patchwork.
In his first regular-season game as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Max Pacioretty certainly led by example on the ice.
In front of a stellar goaltending performance by Carey Price who stopped 36 of 37 shots, Pacioretty’s two goals, including the insurance marker into an empty net with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, paced the visitors to a 3-1 opening night victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the winning goal with under eight minutes remaining in the third period, whacking in a long rebound to break a 1-1 deadlock.
Pacioretty did not want to focus on his new title but after deflecting the initial questions on the matter, did acknowledge that the sensation he experienced prior to the game was unique in some way this time around.
“Definitely at first (coming out on to the ice), I felt different,” said Pacioretty, who was formally introduced as the team’s 29th captain on Sept. 18 after being voted into the role byRead More »from Pacioretty strong in regular-season debut as Montreal Canadiens captain