NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Los Angeles
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta and Benoit Pouliot each had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Tomas Plekanec and Dominic Moore also scored for the Canadiens, who bounced back from a 3-2 loss at San Jose on Thursday. Scott Gomez had a pair of assists, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots as the Canadiens topped the Kings for the fifth straight time.
Montreal has 68 points and moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Atlanta and the New York Rangers.
Anze Kopitar and Fredrik Modin had the goals for Los Angeles, which has lost back-to-back contests. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in defeat, just the Kings' third in regulation in the last 15 games.
"This was a pretty good effort, we just unfortunately gave the puck away at the wrong time," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "The first goal, third goal, the second goal; it's just some management of the puck, making plays, holding onto it. We don't score at critical times on our power play. We have four power play opportunities through the end of the second period which is critical, you take advantage of it and we don't."
Moore's shot from above the left circle beat Kopitar high to the glove side for a 2-1 lead 4:43 into the middle period, and it became a two-goal lead 36 seconds into the third when Pouliot lifted the disc from in front over the fallen Los Angeles netminder.
Modin scored 7:12 into the period on a backhander between Halak's pads, but Plekanec solidified the win with an empty-net tally with 71 seconds left.
Gionta scored just 22 seconds into the game on a wrist shot, but Kopitar evened the contest with a backhand tally at 18:16 of the same period.
"Anytime you can jump on a team like that, early on, those things kind of set the tone for the game," Gionta said. "We were able to do it again in the third. I think we were much more confident today. I think we just need to be a little more aggressive, stick with our game plan and not sit back."
The Kings lost for the first time (5-1-0) against the Northeast Division this season...Los Angeles hasn't bested the Habs since March 8, 2003...Kopitar scored his 30th goal of the season. His career high is 32, set in 2007-08. This was his 300th NHL game...The Kings are 13-4-0 against the Eastern Conference this season.
03/07 01:26:09 ET