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Pacioretty scores twice as Canadiens top Leafs

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Pacioretty scored two special-teams goals and Carey Price made 12 of his 34 saves in a spotless third period, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Pacioretty had one shorthanded goal and one on the power play and P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who bounced back from a loss to Washington in a shootout on Friday to win for the fifth time in six games.

Montreal and Toronto were both 14-9-3 entering the game.

"Before the game they were even with us but we have to prove a lot against them, especially after the first game this season (a 4-3 Toronto win)," said Pacioretty.

"It's a good feeling that everyone contributed tonight."

James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond had goals 22 seconds apart in the second period but Toronto failed to score again in its fourth straight loss and went 0-3 on a three-game road trip.

Jonathan Bernier gave up four goals on 39 shots and the Maple Leafs went winless on the road in November (0-4-3). They had a three-game road winning streak against Montreal snapped.

"I thought it was a hard-fought game," said van Riemsdyk. "There were times we didn't play as well as we could have. Those were the times that cost us the game."

The teams combined for four goals during a 3:27 span in the second period that saw the Maple Leafs cut a 4-0 deficit in half with goals separated by 22 seconds.

Plekanec scored on a wrister from the right circle at 15:05, and Pacioretty beat Bernier through the legs with a backhand despite being fronted by Carl Gunnarsson for a shorthanded goal at the 17:22 mark.

Van Riemsdyk's 12th goal of the season was a beauty. From Price's right, he chipped a sharp-angle, up-close shot over the goaltender's near shoulder and into the top of the net.

Raymond also scored from Price's right on a rebound off David Clarkson's long shot, pulling the Maple Leafs within 4-2 with 1:28 left in the second period.

Earlier, Pacioretty banged in his own rebound on a power play after Bernier made a left pad save, giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead just 58 seconds into the game, and Subban made it 2-0 at the 16:13 mark.

Toronto had a goal waived off because van Riemsdyk was ruled to have been in the crease on Dion Phaneuf's shot.

"It was the ref's call," said van Riemsdyk. "He explained it all to me ... that's his decision. I don't necessarily agree with it but that's the way it goes."

Game Notes

Montreal's George Parros and Toronto's Colton Orr fought in the first period. In the teams' season-opener on Oct. 1, Parros suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he fell face-first onto the ice when Orr pulled him down at the end of a fight ... Pacioretty also had an assist ... The Canadiens haven't lost in regulation since Nov. 16 to the New York Rangers ... The Maple Leafs will play the Sharks at home on Tuesday ... The Canadiens remain home to play New Jersey on Monday.

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
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Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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