Stone powers Vegas past San Jose 6-3
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After losing in the Stanley Cup Final last June, the Vegas Golden Knights looked to bolster their forward depth by trading for Max Pacioretty and signing Paul Stastny before the...
Pacioretty scores twice, Golden Knights top Stars 4-1
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After clashing for years in the Atlantic Division, new Vegas teammates Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone suddenly found themselves on the same side Tuesday night.
Pacioretty, Subban help Golden Knights beat Devils 3-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for Max Pacioretty.
After missing seven games because of a lower-body injury, the Vegas Golden Knights forward scored the winner Friday night in his return at Anaheim, then rushed back to Las Vegas in time to see son Michael born at 2 a.m. Saturday.
Sunday it was back to business, with the former Montreal star breaking a tie with 4:14 left in the second period to help Vegas beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2.
Pacioretty scores twice as Golden Knights beat Canucks 4-3
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury turned 34 this week and was happy to be asked after Thursday night's win whether he's getting quicker with age.
"Thank you, I'll take that," the Vegas goaltender said. "They keep calling me 'old man.' I don't know, I just try to get in front of the puck as quick as I can."
Fleury made 33 saves and Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead the Golden Knights past the struggling Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their fifth straight victory.
Eakin scores 2, Fleury gets shutout as Vegas beats Ducks 5-0
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Last season, Cody Eakin didn't score his seventh goal until Feb. 21. He did it more than three months earlier this time.
Eakin scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his third shutout, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 Wednesday night.
Canadiens beat Golden Knights to spoil Pacioretty’s return
MONTREAL (AP) — While all eyes were on former Montreal captain Max Pacioretty, it was the player the Canadiens traded for who led his new team to a come-from-behind victory.
Tomas Tatar scored the game-winner in the third period as the Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Saturday night in Pacioretty's return to Montreal.
Pacioretty was dealt to the Golden Knights in the offseason in return for Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round draft pick.
Haula scores in shootout, Golden Knights top Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fresh off last season's loss in the Stanley Cup final, the Vegas Golden Knights reloaded for another run by remaking their second line.
A newcomer and a holdover showed Saturday how explosive the second unit can be for Vegas.
Erik Haula scored in the shootout and the Golden Knights rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
NHL Canadian Teams Capsules
LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
Golden Knights’ new additions make them contenders again
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. First place Pacific Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final
COACH: Gerard Gallant (second season, eighth NHL season).
ADDED: LW Max Pacioretty, C Paul Stastny, D Nick Holden
Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Capitals 5-2 in Quebec City
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night at the Videotron Centre.
Michael Chaput, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen and Rinat Valiev also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 11 of 13 shots. The Canadiens won for the first time in three exhibition games,
Preds see teams piling up talent, fighting to be West’s best
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators captain Roman Josi heard about San Jose trading for Erik Karlsson just before talking with reporters at the start of Nashville's training camp.
Yep, the Predators haven't even raised the banner yet for winning the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season, and it's already ancient history — at least in the arms' race that is the Western Conference.
Max Pacioretty ready for new NHL chapter with Golden Knights
LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Max Pacioretty told his kids he had been traded from the Montreal Canadiens, one of his three sons pointed to his bedsheets covered in NHL team logos and asked which one was Vegas.
Problem is, the sheets were pre-Golden Knights. Instead, he showed his sons a YouTube video of the team's pregame extravaganza during the playoffs. They quickly became excited, and they weren't the only ones.
Vegas signs Max Pacioretty to extension after trade
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Golden Knights wasted little time in making sure Max Pacioretty will be around for the long haul after pulling off the trade that is bringing the former Montreal Canadiens captain to Las Vegas.
The team announced Monday that it had signed Pacioretty to a $28 million, four-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season. The 29-year-old Pacioretty was entering the final season of a six-year deal.
Jackpot! Golden Knights get star Pacioretty from Canadiens
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty is heading from the Original Six to the Sin City.
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired the All-Star forward from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick.
Vegas announced the deal, which sends the captain of one of hockey's oldest franchises to a club coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season.
Plenty of trade chatter heading into NHL draft
DALLAS (AP) — A year after shaking up his team with trades at the draft that altered the landscape of the NHL, Stan Bowman isn't letting on that he'll make the same kinds of moves now.
"I learned to never try to predict the future," the Chicago Blackhawks general manager said. "It's difficult to predict the magnitude of changes as we go forward."
NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty left during the third period of Friday night's 6-3 win over the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.
Montreal announced Pacioretty's diagnosis in the third period on its Twitter feed, saying the forward would not return to the game. Afterward, coach Claude Julien said Pacioretty would join the team for the remainder of its six-game trip.
Teravainen has 2 goals, assist as Hurricanes edge Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Carolina kept taking the lead, only to see the Montreal Canadiens tie it up.
The Hurricanes remained resilient and found a way to come up with a victory.
Justin Williams scored the winner at 9:41 of the third period when he deflected Teuvo Teravainen's shot past Carey Price, giving Carolina a 6-5 win Thursday night. It came exactly 10 seconds after Montreal's Max Pacioretty made it 5-5 with a deflection of his own.
Pacioretty’s 2 goals lead Canadiens over Capitals, 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two nights after Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien criticized his team's effort, the Canadiens made sure that didn't happen again.
On Wednesday, Montreal lost 4-1 in Julien's return to Boston, where he had long coached the Bruins. Against the Washington Capitals on Friday night, Julien had no complaints as his team broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win.
Boston honors hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree
BOSTON (AP) — Hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree was honored in Boston on Wednesday on the 60th anniversary of the Bruins forward breaking the NHL's color barrier.
At a news conference at the TD Garden before the Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens, Mayor Marty Walsh declared Jan. 18, 2018 to be "Willie O'Ree Day". O'Ree made his debut in 1958 during a 3-0 victory against the Canadiens at the Forum in Montreal.
Canadiens C Danault leaves with head injury after scary play
MONTREAL (AP) — Brad Marchand scored in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 4-3 on Saturday night after the Canadiens lost Phillip Danault to a head injury on a frightening play in the second period.
Marchand also scored in regulation, helping the Bruins improve to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games. Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci had the other goals for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.
Byron scores in shootout, Canadiens beat Lightning 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty broke a long goal drought to help the Montreal Canadiens end a five-game losing streak.
Paul Byron scored in a shootout and Montreal beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday night.
Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Pacioretty scored in regulation for Montreal in its first victory since Dec. 22. Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay.
Pacioretty opened the scoring at 20 seconds of the second period.
Meier scores twice, Sharks win 4-1 to extend Canadiens’ skid
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens called a team meeting after a loss to the San Jose Sharks extended their losing streak to five games.
Reporters were kept waiting for more than 15 minutes outside the dressing room as Canadiens players discussed the listless play of late that has left them well out of playoff position with half the season still to play.
Deslauriers scores twice, Canadiens beat Canucks 7-5
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Back indoors, the Montreal Canadiens got back on track.
Nicolas Deslauriers had the first two-goal game of his career, Carey Price made 34 saves and the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Montreal traveled to the West Coast after losing 3-0 outdoors to Ottawa on Saturday in the frigid NHL 100 Classic.
Gallagher scores twice, Canadiens beat Red Wings 6-3
DETROIT (AP) — Now on their longest winning streak of the season, the Montreal Canadiens have recovered from their terrible start.
Brendan Gallagher scored twice, and his Montreal teammates added three goals in the second period on the way to a 6-3 victory over the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
The Canadiens have won four straight and are in the third place in the Atlantic Division — a quick turnaround for a team that started the season 1-6-1.
Werenski scores in OT, Blue Jackets beat Canadiens 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made one big save without his stick, then turned away Montreal captain Max Pacioretty three times in a row. As far as Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is concerned, that's why Columbus got two points on Tuesday night.
Bobrovsky made 28 saves, Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime and the Blue Jackets beat the Canadiens 2-1.
Max Pacioretty scores in overtime, Canadiens edge Sabres 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens are picking up speed after a slow start.
Pacioretty scored at 3:08 of overtime to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Pacioretty broke in alone and beat Chad Johnson with a backhand shot.
Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren made 34 saves to improve to 4-1-0. The Canadiens have won four of five to improve to 8-9-1.
Gallagher, Benn lift Canadiens over Golden Knights 3-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher and Jordie Benn helped Charlie Lindgren stay perfect in the NHL.
Gallagher and Benn scored in the first period, Lindgren improved to 5-0 in five career starts and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Danault has 2 goals, 2 assists as Canadiens beat Rangers 5-4
MONTREAL (AP) — After giving up a three-goal lead, the last-place Montreal Canadiens showed enough composure to recover and get their third win of the season.
Philip Danault scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lead the Canadiens to 5-4 victory over the struggling New York Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night.
Weber scores two; Canadiens snap skid, beat Panthers 5-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal's franchise players stepped up in a big way as the Canadiens notched their first regulation victory of the season.
Shea Weber scored twice, helping Montreal end its seven-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who had not won since their season opener. Carey Price made 26 saves and Jonathan Drouin had two assists.
Drouin scores to seal Canadiens 3-2 shootout win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jonathan Drouin scored the lone shootout goal in rallying the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Phillip Danault forced overtime by scoring a short-handed goal on a wraparound with 11:59 left. Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 43 shots through overtime and all three shootout attempts following an offseason in which he signed an eight-year, $84 million contract.
Canadiens ‘excited’ at win-or-go-home game vs Rangers
MONTREAL (AP) — With his team facing elimination, captain Max Pacioretty says it is the perfect time for the Montreal Canadiens to show what they're made of.
The Canadiens are down 3-2 in their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers. The Atlantic Division champions could be eliminated in Game 6 on Saturday in New York.
O Canada: The Great White North returns to NHL playoffs
The hockey world has resumed revolving on its normal axis north of the border. A year after being shut out, Canada is making a return to the NHL playoffs in a big way.
DETROIT (AP) — Montreal rested many of its key players with nothing at stake in its last game of the regular season.
The short-handed Canadiens were still good enough to beat the lowly Detroit Red Wings.
Alex Galchenyuk scored 1:42 into overtime, giving Montreal a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night in the next-to-last game at Joe Louis Arena.
Radulov scores in OT, Canadiens beat Lightning 2-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two days after clinching a playoff spot, the Montreal Canadiens virtually locked up a division title.
Alexander Radulov scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
Phillip Danault also scored and Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens, who hold an eight point advantage over Toronto and Ottawa entering the final week of the regular season.
Gallagher puts Canadiens ahead in 4-1 win over Stars
MONTREAL (AP) — The biggest ovation at the Bell Centre didn't come for Carey Price's stellar goaltending or for Brendan Gallagher's tiebreaking goal. It was for an assist by veteran defenseman Andrei Markov.
NEW YORK (AP) — Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens showed off their resurgent form under coach Claude Julien with a big Eastern Conference win.
Price made 26 saves and the Canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Shea Weber, Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Shaw and Jordie Benn scored for the Canadiens, who are in first place in the Atlantic Division.
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty thought he had the winning goal in overtime. Instead, the Montreal Canadiens captain gave it to a teammate a few minutes later.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night, Carey Price made 26 saves and Montreal beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to three games.
Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens.
Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal. Price stopped Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller twice in the OT, including a diving save in the closing seconds of the extra period.
Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal.
Galchenyuk’s goal gives Canadiens 5-4 win over Coyotes in OT
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Montreal's long scoring drought ended with a five-goal outburst Thursday night, and that was just enough for the Canadiens to end a four-game losing streak.
Alex Galchenyuk scored 2:13 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 5-4 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, one on the winning play.
Pacioretty gets hat trick to lift Canadiens over Sabres 5-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored a hat trick, Carey Price made 37 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night.
David Desharnais and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal. Alexander Radulov and Phillip Danault each had two assists.
Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Gionta scored for Buffalo late in the third period, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots.
Pacioretty scored once per period en route to his second hat trick of the season.
Power-play goals by Weber, Pacioretty lift Habs over Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The toughest thing Montreal Canadiens goalie Al Montoya had to do against the New Jersey Devils was stay awake.
The Canadiens limited the Devils to a season-low 17 shots, and Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty each scored a power-play goal during a major penalty early in the third period of Montreal's 3-1 victory Friday night.
Canadiens rally with 3 goals in 62 seconds to beat Rangers
MONTREAL (AP) — It took a 62-second outburst in the third period for the Montreal Canadiens to turn a sour mood in the Bell Centre into a celebration.
Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored in rapid succession and the Canadiens rebounded after a disputed goal against and the ejection of wing Andrew Shaw for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
"It was fun. It felt like a playoff game," Pacioretty said. "It felt like there were a lot of Rangers fans here."
Pacioretty proves his value to first-place Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty will have to wait at least another year to get his time in the All-Star spotlight.
The Montreal Canadiens' captain was left off this year's All-Star roster despite being one of the league's most consistent scoring threats.
He built a strong case for this month's event in Los Angeles, right there among the league leaders with 19 goals and he's been on a roll since the middle of November.
Pacioretty scores in OT to lift Canadiens past Stars, 4-3
DALLAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty helped the Montreal Canadiens get another big overtime win, scored the winning goal in the extra period for the second straight night.
Pacioretty's second goal of the game, on a breakaway 19 seconds into overtime, lifted the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
He took a pass from Jeff Petry and skated in on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for the win. Montreal was playing its fifth straight overtime game and improved to 3-0-2 in the stretch.
Weber leaves winner as Canadiens beat Predators 2-1 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens knew just how much it meant to Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov to return to Music City.
Leaving with a victory is so much sweeter.
Weber scored in the third period of his first game back in Nashville and Max Pacioretty had a goal late in overtime, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Predators 2-1 on Tuesday night.