Pacioretty has 4 goals while Canadiens crush Avs 10-1

Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche players brawl during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
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MONTREAL (AP) Max Pacioretty had four goals, Brian Flynn scored twice during a six-goal first period and the Montreal Canadiens routed the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 on Saturday night.

Flynn, Pacioretty and Artturi Lehkonen each scored against Calvin Pickard in the opening 7:12, and then Pacioretty, Paul Byron and Flynn each had a goal among the first four shots against Semyon Varlamov.

Pacioretty completed his hat trick in the second period and added another in the third to give the captain seven goals in his last four games.

Alexander Radulov and Jeff Petry also scored for Montreal, which has shown no drop-off without injured scoring leader and first-line center Alex Galchenyuk. Montreal outshot the Avs 36-16.

Montreal's six-goal first period was its first since Dec. 17, 1992 against the Quebec Nordiques in an 8-3 win.