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Max Pacioretty scores late in 3rd period, Canadiens rally to beat Avalanche 4-3 @NHLdotcom

DENVER - Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Monday night.

P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov each had a goal and an assist, and Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal, which ended a three-game losing streak. Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens.

Pacioretty had a breakaway chance in the first period that was saved by Calvin Pickard but made the most of his second opportunity. Pacioretty skated in on the left side and beat the rookie goalie with a snap shot with 6:06 left in the third.

It was his team-leading 12th goal of the season.

Ryan O'Reilly, Daniel Briere and Tyson Barrie scored goals, and Pickard had 26 saves for Colorado.

The Avalanche took their first lead with a pair of goals spanning the first and second periods. Briere tied it 1-all when he stole the puck from Lars Eller and beat Price with 34 seconds left in the first.

O'Reilly made it 2-1 with his fourth goal 35 seconds into the second period.

Montreal, which outshot Colorado 18-9 in the middle frame, got goals from Markov and Subban in the period to go into the third tied at 3. Markov's power-play goal tied it 2-all, and Subban's came 3:15 after Barrie gave Colorado a 3-2 lead with a shot that went off the stick of Canadiens forward Brandon Prust.

The Avalanche nearly had three goals in the second period, but Matt Duchene's shot from the right circle rattled off both posts before Price covered the puck.

Sekac opened the scoring with his fourth goal at 8:09 of the first.

NOTES: Linesman Derek Amell skated off with the help of a Colorado trainer after hitting the ice hard with 8:13 left in the third. Amell returned later in the period. ... The Avalanche recalled centres Michael Sgarbossa and Colin Smith from Lake Erie of the AHL. The played in place of centres Marc-Andre Cliche (oblique) and John Mitchell (leg). ... Montreal RW Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau returned to Colorado for the first time since being traded by the Avalanche this summer. ... Smith played in his first NHL game Monday.

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