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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.

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