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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA
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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA

Feb 11 2014, 5:44pm CST | by

Montreal Canadiens and Team USA left wing Max Pacioretty will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being shaken up after he collided with the goal post in the Habs' last game before the Olympics against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It looks like Max Pacioretty will suit up for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics after all.  Some doubts surfaced about Pacioretty's status after he collided with the goal post during the Habs'...

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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA

Feb 11 2014, 5:44pm CST | by

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Montreal Canadiens and Team USA left wing Max Pacioretty will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being shaken up after he collided with the goal post in the Habs' last game before the Olympics against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It looks like Max Pacioretty will suit up for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics after all

Some doubts surfaced about Pacioretty's status after he collided with the goal post during the Habs' last game before the Olympics on Feb. 8 against the Carolina Hurricanes. However, he seems to have shaken it off, per ESPN's Scott Burnside:

"Max Pacioretty, who was pushed awkwardly into the goal post during the Montreal Canadiens' final game before the Olympic break, showed no signs of being the worse for wear as he skated on a line with Team USA's Ryan Callahan and Paul Stastny during Monday's skate.

"Pacioretty collided with the post with 7:30 left in the first period Saturday after being checked by Brett Bellemore of the Carolina Hurricanes. And, for a moment, he thought it was bad

"'It was a little bit of a scare,' Pacioretty said Monday.'As soon as I got diagnosed during the game, I knew things were going to be okay. After I got the treatment I needed, had that been an important game, I probably would have been able to come back if it was late in the game. They decided to hold me out, and I'm thankful they did it in my best interests.'" 

Pacioretty went into more detail with Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette on Feb. 9: 

"I had trouble catching my breath. 

"It's a play I make often. I went in a little awkwardly and I dinged my arm and hip but I feel good now. 

"I was very worried at first. It was tough to breathe and I was having back spasms but I had x-rays but there was nothing broken. I had some treatments while the game was going on and I feel better, I was in a lot of pain but I could tell it was more muscular.

"I don't feel that bad right now and I have a couple of days before we start playing in Sochi." 

His head coach in Sochi, Pittsburgh Penguins mentor Dan Bylsma, told Burnside he was just as anxious when he found out about Pacioretty's predicament. 

"I heard the news before I saw it. I was a little more nervous when I saw how he went into the net. But shortly after, we already had word how he was doing. 

"It was good to hear that he was doing pretty well and then after the game that he'd be all right to continue on and get over here."

According to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports, Pacioretty and the rest of his teammates on the United States' men's hockey team arrived in Sochi on Monday, Feb. 10 for their first practice. The 25-year-old Pacioretty, a first-time Olympian, told Wyshynski it's time to sacrifice for the greater good.  

"Obviously I'm like a deer in headlights when I see guys like that and I'm put on the same stage as them. But at the same time, I gotta play my game. You check your egos at the door. Everything you do right now is for the team. You have to play with more pride than ever before." 

Pacioretty, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals and 11 assists in the 2013-14 NHL season, should help Team USA in its bid for Olympic gold when it takes on Slovakia in its first game on Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. local time. 

 
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Desharnais gives Canadiens OT win over Wings

Oct 21 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a comeback 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Desharnais poked the puck in from the side of the net after Jimmy Howard made saves on blasts from Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban as Montreal (6-1-0) won a third game in a row. Henrik Zetterberg, with an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, scored in the second frame for Detroit (3-1-2). More NHL o ...
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2 days ago

Desharnais gives Canadiens OT win over Wings

Oct 21 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a comeback 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Desharnais poked the puck in from the side of the net after Jimmy Howard made saves on blasts from Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban as Montreal (6-1-0) won a third game in a row. Henrik Zetterberg, with an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, scored in the second frame for Detroit (3-1-2). More NHL on Spor ...
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2 days ago

Desharnais nets OT winner to edge Wings

Oct 21 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a comeback 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Desharnais poked the puck in from the side of the net after Jimmy Howard made saves on blasts from Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban as Montreal (6-1-0) won a third game in a row. Henrik Zetterberg, with an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, scored in the s ...
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2 days ago

Desharnais gives Canadiens OT win over Wings

Oct 21 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a comeback 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Desharnais poked the puck in from the side of the net after Jimmy Howard made saves on blasts from Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban as Montreal (6-1-0) won a third game in a row. Henrik Zetterberg, with an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, scored in the second frame for Detroit (3-1-2). ...
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1 week ago

Habs will have plenty to work on at practice

Oct 14 2014 4:36pm CDT | Source: Hockey Inside/Out

PAT HICKEY THE GAZETTE In the wake of the Canadiens’ 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night, alternate captain Max Pacioretty had the best — and most honest — assessment of the team’s season-opening road trip. “We like (winning) three out of four, but we don’t like the way we played the whole trip,” Pacioretty said. “We haven’t put 60 minutes together in the four games. The good thing is we know what we have to work on. It’s only one game, but it was an ugly ...
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2 weeks ago

About last night ….

Oct 8 2014 10:27pm CDT | Source: Hockey Inside/Out

Michel Therrien had a chance to make history Wednesday night in Toronto. But he blew it. In the long and illustrious history of the Montreal Canadiens, dating back to the 1909-’10 season, no head coach had ever lost three straight season openers. Therrien rode two straight season-opening Ls into the Air Canada Centre. And the kindly old coach rode out with a thoroughly satisfying 4-3 win. In his postgame media scrum in the ...
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2 weeks ago

Canadiens Forwards Start Erasing Memory of Poor 2014 ECF in Win vs. Maple Leafs

Oct 8 2014 10:25pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Montreal Canadiens showed they had the makings of being an elite team in the Eastern Conference last season. Wednesday night's victory against Toronto reiterates what the team will need to take it to next level—something that didn't happen against the New York Rangers during last May's Eastern Conference Final. Although some may say that an injury to Carey Price derailed the Habs' hopes of contending for a Stanley Cup, Dustin Tokarski put on a performance good enough ...
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2 weeks ago

Habs score late goal to beat Leafs in NHL opener

Oct 8 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — From P.K. Subban’s passionate fist pump and through a series of fluky bounces, the Montreal Canadiens showed in their regular-season opener the kind of poise that helped them reach the Eastern Conference final. Tomas Plekanec responded to a late goal by Morgan Rielly with one of his own 96 seconds later as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a back-and-forth affair Wednesday night at ...
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2 weeks ago

Habs score late goal to beat Leafs in opener

Oct 8 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO – From P.K. Subban’s passionate fist pump and through a series of fluky bounces, the Montreal Canadiens showed in their regular-season opener the kind of poise that helped them reach the Eastern Conference final. Tomas Plekanec responded to a late goal by Morgan Rielly with one of his own 96 seconds later as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a back-and-forth affair Wednesday night at A ...
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2 weeks ago

Habs score late goal to beat Leafs in NHL opener

Oct 8 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — From P.K. Subban’s passionate fist pump and through a series of fluky bounces, the Montreal Canadiens showed in their regular-season opener the kind of poise that helped them reach the Eastern Conference final. Tomas Plekanec responded to a late goal by Morgan Rielly with one of his own 96 seconds later as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a back-and-forth affair Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. "These things happen, and it’s how you respond to it ...
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