Canadiens win after Pacioretty scare
Left winger Max Pacioretty is going to be OK after a scary crash into the net in the first period.
His teammates did their damage later, with center David Desharnais scoring two goals and goaltender Carey Price making 31 saves as the Canadiens defeated Carolina, 4-1.
"X-rays were negative," said Pacioretty, who'll play for the U.S. Olympic team in Russia next week. "I was having some [back] spasms there. I think by the time I settled down, I think the doctors wanted to play it safe. I don't feel that bad right now."
Pacioretty departed in the first period after he bowled into the net amid contact from Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore. Team officials initially reported the ailment to be a lower-body injury.
Pacioretty said he has a bruised hip. He said he expects to be fine for the Olympics.
Even Price, who will play for Canada in the Olympics, expressed relief.
"It was definitely scary for him," Price said. "If he were to miss [the Olympics], it would be a terrible loss."
Pacioretty said he appreciated Price's concern. "He's the enemy now," Pacioretty said.
Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 37 points, including 26 goals.
Bruins 7, Senators 2 - Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the host Bruins went into the Olympic break with a win.
Bergeron, who will join Team Canada for the Olympics, was one of several Bruins with multiple points before joining their national teams in Sochi, Russia. David Krejci of the Czech Republic and Sweden's Loui Eriksson added a pair of assists apiece.
Blues 4, Jets 3 - T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to give St. Louis the home victory. The crowd chanted "USA! USA!" as Oshie skated in on Al Montoya and beat him. Tarasenko then scored, giving the Blues the victory in their final game before the Olympic break.
Maple Leafs 3, Canucks 1 - Phil Kessel scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Toronto handed visiting Vancouver its seventh straight loss.
Mason Raymond and James van Riemsdyk also scored in the third for Toronto, and Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves.
Lightning 4, Red Wings 2 - Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, and Ondrej Palat had two goals in Tampa's win. It was the visiting Red Wings' 6,000th regular-season game.