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Pacioretty’s return means Habs have game again

Max Pacioretty's natural hat trick on Tuesday was a big moment for the 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens. Why? Pacioretty had been in a deep sleep much of the season, as has his linemate David Desharnais. Tuesday's offensive explosion was exactly what they needed to awaken from their slumber. PK Subban continues his torrid play, tied for 5th in the league in assists, and Michael Bournvial continues to impress, as the rookie is now among the scoring leaders for first year NHLers. 

However, the key to Montreal has always been, and continues to be, Carey Price. And he's on. Price is playing some of the best hockey I've seen him play since he became a Hab, and he'll need to stay sharp as Montreal faces Washington on Saturday. The Habs will be looking to build on their best offensive showing this season, as coach Michel Therrien tries to build more chemistry through his lineup. Brendan Gallagher really sparked the Pacioretty line, and Brandon Prust is looking to do the same with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Raphael Diaz continues to play solid hockey on the back end, and Alex Emelin looks to keep getting himself into game shape. 

Should be some good hockey for Habs fans this weekend. With Price on his game and Pacioretty waking up, the Canadiens have a decent shot at taking two of two. 

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