MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty had four goals, Brian Flynn scored twice during a six-goal first period and the Canadiens routed the Avalanche 10-1 on Saturday night.
Flynn, Pacioretty and Artturi Lehkonen each scored against Calvin Pickard in the opening 7:12, then Pacioretty, Paul Byron and Flynn each had goals among the first four shots on Semyon Varlamov.
Pacioretty completed his hat trick in the second period and added a goal in the third to give the captain seven goals in his past four games.
Alexander Radulov and Jeff Petry also scored for Montreal, which has shown no dropoff 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.
Blake Comeau got one late in the first period for Colorado, which ended a six-game skid Thursday night in Boston.
EX-AHL STAR dineen DIES: Bill Dineen, who played with and later coached Gordie Howe, died at his home in Lake George, N.Y. He was 84. Mr. Dineen played 324 games in the NHL with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cup titles in Detroit alongside Howe. Mr. Dineen made more of an impact as a player in the AHL, where he was a four-time 20-goal scorer over six seasons. He went into coaching after retiring as a player, taking the reins of the WHA's Houston Aeros for six years starting in 1972-73. He helped the Aeros win Avco Cup titles in 1974 and 1975 with teams featuring Howe and sons Mark and Marty.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Aaron Ekblad gave Florida a three-goal lead early in the third period, and the host Panthers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Canucks. … Jack Johnson, Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones each had a goal and an assist as the host Blue Jackets beat the Islanders 6-2 for their sixth straight win. … Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez scored on the same power play early in the first period of the host Kings' 4-1 victory over the Senators. … Brayden Schenn scored three power-play goals to lead the host Flyers to their eighth straight victory, 4-2 over the Stars. … Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman scored in the second period, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and the visiting Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 4-1. … Alex Goligoski and Lauren Dauphin scored 1:57 apart in the first period and the host Coyotes beat the Predators 4-1.