Max Pacioretty Scores 30 Goals: First Canadien Since Alexei Kovalev in 2008

March 16th, 2012 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
In a Thursday night matchup between lottery pick contenders, Montreal Canadiens' winger Max Pacioretty scored two goals, his 29th and 30th of the 2011-2012 season. He became the first Canadien to manage the feat since Alex Kovalev scored 35 in 2007-2008.

An organization like the Canadiens that featured the first NHL player ever to score 50 goals in a season (a 50-game season at that) should not be surprised when one of their players manages to score 30 goals in 66 games. 

Unfortunately, this is where the Canadiens find themselves.

They suffered through three-year gaps where no player on the roster managed to surpass even the meagre 30-goal standard.

Still, this is a good performance for the organization, especially when you consider the Pacioretty's age (still only 23), the type of player he is (power forward), and the fact that he was drafted by Montreal (first round 2007, 22nd overall) and developed by the organization.

Those stories have been thin on the ground over the last 20 years in Montreal. The majority of quality goal scorers in the lineup during that time have come to the team through trade or free agency.

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