Habs hang on for 2-1 win over Ottawa

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 2/3/2013 2:18:00 PM

Max Pacioretty needed only 1 week to heal and 2:13 to prove his scoring touch is healthy too.

Pacioretty returned to active duty just one week after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.  He was as quick to get himself on the scoresheet.

He had a great chance to score on a powerplay just passed the midway mark of the 1st period, only to see Craig Anderson make a pad save on the shot from the right circle.

Seconds later Erik Cole snuck a backhand past Anderson, making amends for botching his forehand shot set up in the slot. That gave the Canadiens a lead they were never give up.

Driving to the net has been a simple formula for success this season but the Canadiens paid the price on their first shift.  Tomas Plekanec was called for goalie interference and the Senators' Jacob Silfverberg scored on a powerplay breakaway set up by a long-bomb stretch pass from Patrick Wiercioch.

Only 35 seconds later David Desharnais proved he's out of what he refused to call a slump, scoring his 3rd goal in less than 24 hours, his first three of the season.  Max Pacioretty earned his 5th assist of the season in only his 4th game.

Pacioretty played 16:09 but didn't want to give details of any special padding, protection or bandaging to cover his tummy.r

He braces for the Bruins next: "That'll be a lot of fun--it's a rivarly that will never be a dull moment and I'm looking forward to it."

"I'm not a doctor, but I think he's a great athlete," said Coach Michel Therrien after the game.  He revealed Max had lobbied to be in Saturday's lineup, but the head coach wanted to be more cautious.

"He came to me again yesterday so I said he'd be a gametime decision.  I'm glad I made that decision because he had an impact today."

After outshooting the Sabres 15-1 Saturday in the opening period, the Canadiens jumped out to a 11-6 shot advantage against the Senators after 20 minutes.

Carey Price had to be outstanding in the 2nd period as the Senators outshot the Canadiens 16-14.  He made 32 saves in all---"He was fantastic," raved Therrien.

Subban had 2 great opportunities to score late in the 2nd on the powerplay and then rallied to the defense of Brendan Gallagher in a scrum after the whistle.

Curiously, PK did not have a single shift in the first 10 minutes of the 3rd period.  He was absent from the bench for a problem with one of his skates.

Rene Bourque hit the far goalpost with 8:15 remaining in the 3rd, a fraction of an inch away from providing an insurance goal.

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