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Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) takes a shot on Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Pacioretty’s hat trick lifts Montreal over Wild


MONTREAL — Montreal left winger Max Pacioretty scored three straight goals in the second period and Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 25 saves in a 6-2 win Tuesday night that ended the Minnesota Wild’s four-game winning streak.

Pacioretty, who entered with two goals in 12 games, opened the scoring 2:57 into the second period with his first tally since Oct. 12. Center David Desharnais picked up his second straight assist on Pacioretty’s second goal at 10:06.

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