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Max Pacioretty’s Highlights of the Year: The OT winner in Winnipeg

The celebration may have been even better than the goal

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

A Saturday night in Winnipeg, the Montreal Canadiens trailed 4-2 in the third period. But goals from Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Petry tied the game as they went to overtime.

Less than two minutes into overtime, Tyler Myers was called for cross checking and the Canadiens went to the power play.

63:07 - Max Pacioretty (Alex Galchenyuk, Shea Weber) OT PPG vs. Winnipeg

The goal itself is unremarkable. There was a potential interference penalty that was not called earlier in the sequence. On the play, Shea Weber forced the issue with a forecheck, and the loose puck went to Alex Galchenyuk who one-touched a pass to Pacioretty who took advantage of space to get wide open.

But it wasn’t the goal that I remember. It was the celebration. Pacioretty ran away from his teammates before turning around and raising his arms. It was a rare, spontaneous show of emotion from the Canadiens captain.

Now, you may be wondering why we have been showcasing Pacioretty highlights throughout the year. Wonder no more. It’s now up to you to choose your favourite highlight for Pacioretty’s highlight of the year.

In case you missed them, here they are again.

Pacioretty’s footwork

A new franchise record for OT goals

Pacioretty’s one-timer opens the scoring for the season

Pacioretty calls his shot