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Pacioretty leads Canadiens past Canucks 5-2
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Montreal Canadiens' Ryan White, left, celebrates with teammate Dale Weise after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
February 6, 2014, 10:56 pm

MONTREAL (AP) Max Pacioretty scored three goals for his third career hat trick - despite missing on two penalty shots - to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Canucks on Thursday night that extended Vancouver's losing streak to six games.

Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 42 saves.

Pacioretty was awarded two penalty shots in a two-minute span in the second period, but failed to convert, losing control of the puck both times. Despite missing both, Montreal's leading scorer became the first Canadiens player to take two penalty shots in the same game - let alone the same period.

Chris Higgins and Alexander Edler scored for Vancouver (27-23-9). Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.

The Canucks are still winless (0-3) since coach John Tortorella's return from a 15-day suspension. They have lost six consecutive games for the first time in five years.

Vancouver, stuck on 63 points, is holding on to the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Pacioretty put Montreal on the scoreboard at 14:59 of the first period, deflecting home P.K. Subban's shot from the blue-line with his knee. Subban's first shot on the play was blocked by Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison, but his second found its way through traffic.

The Canadiens doubled their lead a minute later when White scored his first of the season.

White couldn't have asked for an easier first goal, taking advantage of a sprawled Luongo, who thought he was covering the puck, to fire a backhand shot into the roof of the net and give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. Dale Weise, in only his second game with Montreal, got an assist on the goal.

Higgins pulled one back for the Canucks at 2:31 of the second period, beating Price on the power play with a redirected shot off his shin for his 16th goal.

Montreal had killed off 28 straight penalties prior to Higgins' power-play goal.

Pacioretty redeemed himself for his missed penalty shots at the start of the third period, beating Luongo glove-side.

The Canadiens added a fourth when defenseman Edler kicked the puck into his own net at 8:14. Plekanec, the last Montreal player to touch the puck, was credited with the goal.

Edler made up for the mistake at 12:21 of the final period, beating Price far side with a wrister while the Canucks played 5-on-4.

Pacioretty added an empty-netter for the hat trick.

NOTES: Henrik Sedin (rib) and Dan Hamhuis (leg) were not in the lineup for the Canucks. The injury even forced Sedin to withdraw from the Sochi Olympics earlier in the day. ... Weise and Raphael Diaz both faced their former teams after they were traded on Monday. ... Travis Moen (lower body) did not dress for the Canadiens, and is listed as day-to-day. ... This was the second of two games between Montreal and Vancouver this season. The Canadiens beat the Canucks 4-1 on Oct. 12, 2013.

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