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Pacioretty hat trick part of 7 goals in row by Canadiens

Friday, 04.04.2014 / 11:26 PM

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

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Pacioretty hat trick part of 7 goals in row by Canadiens
Montréal Canadiens 7, Ottawa Senators 4
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
1st
Max Pacioretty
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:31
Thomas Vanek
2nd
Thomas Vanek
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:07
Mika Zibanejad
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 15:23

OTTAWA -- This time around, the Montreal Canadiens gave themselves more than 54 minutes to overcome a three-goal lead by the Ottawa Senators.

Max Pacioretty had five points, including his third hat trick of the season, and Montreal scored seven unanswered goals in a 7-4 win against Ottawa on Friday.

Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens, who trailed 3-0 at 5:50 of the first period after the Senators scored three times in 2:22.

"We still had confidence," said Pacioretty, who got his team-leading 36th, 37th and 38th goals to tie Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks for the most hat tricks in the NHL this season.

"We knew that they had gotten the bounces early on, but obviously you look at the shots and we definitely got some favorable bounces and that's just the way it goes some nights. But it just shows our last two games against them, you're never down and out.

"Obviously tonight was very early, but you keep working hard and good things happen."

In their prior game against the Senators, March 15, the Canadiens scored three times in the final 3:22 of the third period to erase a 4-1 lead in a 5-4 overtime win at Bell Centre.

Friday, Pacioretty assisted on Weaver's first goal in more than a year, and on Desharnais' goal at 9:14 of the third period, which increased the lead to 7-3.

"He's an animal," said Desharnais, who assisted on Pacioretty's third goal. "He scores every chance he's got and I don't expect less from him. He's a great guy, a great leader, and that's what we need from him. All the credit to him."

Peter Budaj made 39 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens, with four games left to play, moved into second place in the Atlantic Division with 95 points, two ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have one game in hand.

"They got off to a hot start and it was a good thing when they scored three goals in five minutes that you have 55 [minutes] to come back in the game," Desharnais said. "We didn't panic and we stuck to our plan and got back in the game."

Zack Smith scored twice and Ales Hemsky got his first goal in eight games for Ottawa in the first period. Mika Zibanejad scored with 5:53 left in the third.

"It's hard to say that we stopped playing, but we didn't play the game we wanted to," Smith said. "We gave them too many chances, they had a lot of room in front of the net and a couple of box-outs; the list goes on."

Craig Anderson stopped 16 of 23 shots for the Senators, whose faint Stanley Cup Playoffs hopes are slipping away. Ottawa has 78 points, seven points out of an Eastern Conference wild card with five games remaining.

Markov got this Canadiens comeback underway at 7:22 of the first period when his shot from behind the goal line went in off Anderson's left skate to draw Montreal within 3-1.

Thomas Vanek provided a screen when the Canadiens made it 3-2 at 9:17 on a shot by Weaver, who scored his first goal in 79 games dating to Feb. 22, 2013 for the Florida Panthers.

Weaver, who has eight goals in 598 NHL games, was well aware it had been a while since he scored.

"A very long time. I'm pretty sure you guys did the math," said Weaver, who was acquired in a trade with Florida on March 4. "Hey, when I came in here I said I was going to score a lot of goals. I just put my head down and shot it. I'd like to tell you guys that I was picking that corner. In this game, it's really tough to get a goal from the point without a screen."

Pacioretty tied it 3-3 with his first goal of the game at 15:52. Eller gave Montreal a 4-3 lead with his 12th goal of the season at 4:09 of the second.

Referee Francois St. Laurent waved off a potential tying goal by Ottawa at 4:17 before Pacioretty made it 5-3 with his second of the game on a breakaway at 15:25. He increased the lead to 6-3 when he completed his hat trick at 1:09 of the third period.

"They got a lucky first one, it looked like, and the momentum started to swing and we couldn't stop it," Senators center Kyle Turris said.

Ottawa took a 1-0 lead 2:28 into the game off a faceoff in the Canadiens zone. Smith, who won the draw back to Chris Phillips at the left point, beat Budaj with a backhand on a rebound of the defenseman's shot.

Hemsky made it 2-0 at 4:35 when he deflected Patrick Wiercioch's shot from the left point before it struck Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban's stick on its way past Budaj.

Zibanejad broke down the right side on a 2-on-1 and passed to Smith, who scored his second goal of the period into a wide open left side to put Ottawa up 3-0.

Hemsky did not play in the third period because of an upper-body injury. Ottawa plays at the New York Rangers on Saturday.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:28
OTT
Zack Smith (12) ASST: Chris Phillips (13)
1 - 0 OTT
04:35
OTT
Ales Hemsky (12) ASST: Patrick Wiercioch (18)
2 - 0 OTT
05:50
OTT
Zack Smith (13) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (16), Chris Neil (6)
3 - 0 OTT
07:22
MTL
Andrei Markov (7) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (18), Alexei Emelin (13)
3 - 1 OTT
09:17
MTL
Mike Weaver (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (22), Max Pacioretty (20)
3 - 2 OTT
15:52
MTL
Max Pacioretty (36) ASST: Thomas Vanek (38), Mike Weaver (11)
3 - 3 Tie
2nd Period
04:09
MTL
Lars Eller (12) ASST: Brian Gionta (22)
4 - 3 MTL
15:25
MTL
Max Pacioretty (37) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 MTL
3rd Period
01:09
MTL
Max Pacioretty (38) ASST: David Desharnais (35), Thomas Vanek (39)
6 - 3 MTL
09:14
MTL
David Desharnais (16) ASST: Max Pacioretty (21), Thomas Vanek (40)
7 - 3 MTL
14:07
OTT
Mika Zibanejad (15) ASST: Kyle Turris (31)
7 - 4 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:10
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  Kyle Turris
17:43
MTL
George Parros  Interference against  Jean-Gabriel Pageau
2nd Period
02:02
OTT
Clarke MacArthur  Hi-sticking against  Jarred Tinordi
04:32
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
04:32
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
04:32
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
13:15
MTL
Jarred Tinordi  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Gryba
13:15
OTT
Eric Gryba  Fighting (maj) against  Jarred Tinordi
13:15
MTL
Jarred Tinordi  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Gryba
15:58
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Chris Neil
15:58
OTT
Zack Smith  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
15:58
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Zack Smith
3rd Period
10:01
OTT
Zack Smith  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alexei Emelin
10:01
OTT
Zack Smith  Slashing against  Alexei Emelin
18:22
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  George Parros
18:22
MTL
George Parros  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
10-8-2
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 28 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .907SH: 4 - 4
Craig Anderson
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .696SH: 1 - 1