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LeBrun conducts a Q and A with Max Pacioretty

10/15/2015 at 12:02pm EDT

From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, the team's leading offensive star who takes his new leadership role seriously, sat down Wednesday for a conversation ranging from his team's fast start, to improving his own game, to what he'd do if named NHL commissioner for a day.

Pierre LeBrun: The smile comes easy these days for you guys, I'm sure. A 4-0 start, all on the road, you can't be that.

Max Pacioretty: No, it's been a great start for us. The most important win, I think, was the last game. It's tough to play four in a row on the road, and especially against a team (Pittsburgh) that has that many stars, hasn't won a game yet, and was coming home for their opener. That was a gutsy win by our group, I think. The way we came out in that third period and took over the rest of the game shows a lot about our group. It's encouraging moving forward that we have the confidence to play that way, hopefully for the whole year.

PL: Four goals in four games for you. I know you care more about the wins, but you are expected to score goals for this team. Is it nice to get that going early in terms of getting into a rhythm?

MP: Yeah, a bit. I mean, it definitely helps your confidence, but I think I've gotten some bounces early in the year. They come in bunches like that. I've just been fortunate right now. The role I'm given, I feel like is more two-way than it was in the past. A situation like last game, we're up 3-1 late in the game, you're trying to forecheck and make them play in their own end and make sure you don't give one up. I think if we have that mentality, we're going to win a lot of games.

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