Pacioretty's 2 goals lift Canadiens over Blues 4-1
Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, right, during-period NHL hockey game action Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson) By Paul Chiasson
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday night.
Dale Weise and Lars Eller also scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 31 saves.
Vladimir Tarasenko was the lone scorer for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots in defeat.
Pacioretty netted the winner at 7:32 of the second — his team-leading ninth goal. He got the better of Allen on a breakaway after taking a stretch pass from linemate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from his own zone.
The Canadiens (15-5-1) stretched their lead atop the Eastern Conference to three points. The Blues have lost consecutive games after winning 10 of 11.