from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Max Pacioretty hit a post in the second period Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks. That’s the worst thing you could say about his game.
The Golden Knights left wing’s effort in the 6-3 victory was another tour de force performance in a season full of them. He recorded two goals and two assists and had at least four points for just the fifth time in his 728-game career. It continued a season-long theme for Pacioretty: After an underwhelming first year in Las Vegas, the 31-year-old is suddenly at the peak of his powers.
“He’s a true goal scorer,” said Mark Stone, who plays on the wing opposite Pacioretty on the Knights’ second line. “He’s a 30-to-40 goal scorer in this league, he always has been. It doesn’t really surprise me. It was only a matter of time before he started scoring like this.”
Pacioretty has never scored like this, though. Through 36 games he leads the Knights in goals (15), assists (19), points (34) and shots (147). He’s on pace to top his career-highs in assists (34), points (67) and shots (303).