Defenseman Jake Muzzin also tallied as the Kings improved to
4-0-0 since returning from the Olympic break. Jonathan Quick turned
aside 17 shots for Los Angeles, which outscored Montreal 8-1 in
sweeping the two-game season series.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban scored the lone goal for
the Canadiens, who had their six-game point streak snapped. Peter
Budaj finished with 20 saves in his fourth consecutive start as
Montreal suffered its second regulation loss in 11 contests (7-2-2).
Los Angeles took an early lead as Muzzin beat Budaj with a wrist
shot from the top of the slot 1:54 into the contest. Montreal drew
even thanks to a fortunate bounce as the rebound of Subban's shot
from along the right-wing boards caromed off Jarret Stoll's skate
and past Quick with 5:15 left in the first period.
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The Kings cashed in on Ryan White's holding penalty early in the
second to move back ahead. Anze Kopitar made a backhand pass from
the slot to Carter, who whipped the puck past Budaj from the bottom
of the left faceoff circle for his 22nd tally.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Montreal G Carey Price was placed on injured reserve
with a lower-body injury, but the Olympic gold medal-winning
netminder can be activated as early as Tuesday. ... The Kings have
allowed fewer than two goals four times during their winning streak.
... Quick has 168 career victories, three behind Rogie Vachon for
first place on the franchise list.
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