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is no comparison. Pacioretty continues to play each shift with enthusiasm even when things are not going well. He was by far the most dominant player on the ice with two goals and an assist in a 3-2 win over Washington on Jan. 19. The Canadiens would really be a sad-sack team without him. His public comments are team-oriented, and he talks about his responsibility as a leader to elevate the performance of his teammates. Kane’s recent public comments left no doubt he was looking for his next destination. He talked about looking forward to being in the playoffs because his game is built for post-season hockey, and he’s playing like he’s in a sulk. He had two goals in 18 games heading into the all-star break. He had lost his spot on the power play and was demoted to the third line.