Back in September, Max Pacioretty said he wanted to be known for his play, not 'The Hit.'
Pacioretty has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Canadiens. His 30 goals and 56 points lead the team, with several weeks to add before season's end.
"Thirty goals is exciting," he told reporters after reaching the mark against the Oilers last Thursday. "But it's a team sport and I have to give a lot of credit to my linemates and my teammates. They really helped me out a lot this year."
It's been a year that seemed almost impossible to fathom.
It was on March 8, 2011, that Pacioretty was driven into a Bell Centre stanchion by Boston's Zdeno Chara. The image of the unconscious winger flattened on the ice was beyond scary. The hit would leave the New Canaan, Conn., native with a broken vertebra and severe concussion.
"That's a heck of a thing to come back from," Montreal coach Randy Cunneyworth said following the game in Edmonton. "T...