Max Pacioretty LW MON 4 Months

Max Pacioretty was the only player absent from Thursday's optional practice.

"It's an optional practice and I took the option, too," coach Michel Therrien said. The Canadiens' bench boss wouldn't discuss his lineup. Pacioretty had a goal and an assist in four games against Tampa Bay in the opening round. Look for him to play in Game 1 at Boston on Thursday night.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 4 Months

Max Pacioretty chose a fine time to score his first goal of the playoffs, beating Kristers Gudlevskis in the final minute of Game 4 to put the Habs up 4-3 and complete the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bolts overcame a two goal deficit to tie the game midway through the third period, thanks in part to Gudlevskis' strong play in relief of Anders Lindback. But Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty with just over two minutes remaining gave the Habs a chance to redeem themselves, and Pacioretty did just that. He slid a slow shot through the five hole to help Montreal advance to the second round. The Habs will have more than a few days off as they await the completion of the Detroit - Boston series.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 4 Months

Max Pacioretty has no goals and one assist in three games against Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.

However, coach Michel Therrien isn't concerned because Pacioretty has 10 shots and his linemates (Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais) have both recorded goals. Pacioretty has had his fair share of scoring chances, so it may not be long before he finds the back of the net.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 4 Months

Max Pacioretty ended up falling shy of the 40-goal mark.

All the same, with a career-high 39 goals, Pacioretty became the team's best goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse netted 40 in 1993-94. Pacioretty also ranks fourth in the NHL's goal scoring race.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 5 Months

Max Pacioretty was the third star of the week.

He recorded four goals and two assists in three games. Pacioretty produced a hat trick and added two helpers in a 7-4 win over Ottawa on Friday night. He has 39 goals and 60 points in 70 games this campaign.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 5 Months

Max Pacioretty set a new career-high with two goals on Saturday.

Pacioretty has reached the 35-goal milestone for the first time in his career. That includes a remarkable 10 game-winning markers, including his first goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over Florida. He also had an assist Saturday night, giving him 54 points in 67 games.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 5 Months

Max Pacioretty scored his 100th NHL goal Tuesday night, breaking a scoreless tie with Buffalo in the process and leading the Habs to a 2-0 win.

Pacioretty has 32 goals and 50 points through 65 games this season, just one goal behind his career high set in 2011-12. The 25 year old's century mark came in his 311th NHL game.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 Months

Max Pacioretty tallied his 30th goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over Anaheim.

He registered six shots on goal in the contest and extended his point streak to four games. It's the second time in his career that he's reached the 30-goal plateau. Pacioretty has 43 points in 55 games this season.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 Months

Max Pacioretty scored twice -- including the overtime game-winner -- in the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Pacioretty scored in the first period and at 3:28 of overtime during the man advantage. He had a whopping eight shots on goal as well, and he's now scored in two straight games to give him 29 for the season. With 41 points, he's unlikely to top his career-high 65, but he should easily surpass his career-high in goals, which stands at 33. Alex Galchenyuk and P.K. Subban notched the other goals, while Andrei Markov had three helpers.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 Months

Max Pacioretty produced a goal and an assist in Montreal's shootout win over Pittsburgh.

He also concluded the contest with six shots. Pacioretty is tied for ninth in the league with 27 goals in 52 games this season.