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Max Pacioretty snapped home the game winning goal in Game 7 on Wednesday night to help the Habs eliminate the Bruins and advance to the third round of the playoffs.

David Desharnais fed a wide open Pacioretty near the offensive zone faceoff dot midway through the second period, and the 25 year old made no mistake, firing a bullet past Tukka Rask. Pacioretty has three goals and seven points in 11 playoff games.

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Max Pacioretty registered a goal and an assist in Montreal's 4-0 win over Boston in Game 6.

The goal was just his second of the playoffs and his first since Game 4 against Tampa Bay in the first round. Perhaps finally scoring in the series can get him going when the series shifts to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday night.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 Months

Max Pacioretty's face was pancaked into the glass by Boston's Jarome Iginla before the midway mark of the first period, but he didn't miss a shift.

He appeared to be shaken after the play and there was no penalty, but he stayed in the contest and ended up with 16:55 of ice time. Pacioretty is already struggling to produce offense, with a goal and two assists in eight games, so he doesn't need injury concerns too.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 7 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 7 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.

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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.