NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Los Angeles
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik scored twice in the third period, and added an assist, to lead Montreal to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Mathieu Garon turned away 18 shots in each of the final two periods and finished with 46 saves for the Canadiens, who earned their second straight victory and won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Steve Begin and Yanic Perreault both delivered a goal and an assist in the win.
"We know the strength of our team this season has been in the nets," Montreal head coach Claude Julien said. "Everybody knows Jose Theodore, but we have called on Garon against some of the better teams in the league and he has come up big every time."
Eric Belanger posted a goal and an assist for the Kings, who are winless in last three (0-2-1). Trent Klatt also scored and Cristobal Huet stopped 20 shots in the loss.
During a scoreless first period, the Kings held a 12-5 shot advantage.
In the second period, Montreal scored consecutive goals 1:14 apart to go ahead 2-0.
Begin notched his eighth tally of the season at 5:02. Jim Dowd slid a pass through the slot to Begin, who reached out and tipped the puck past Huet.
Just over a minute later, Perreault earned his 400th career NHL point. He gathered a rebound in front of the crease and converted on a backhand shot.
Los Angeles pulled within 2-1 with 2:35 left in the second. Ian Laperriere fired a wrist shot on goal from between the faceoff circles. The puck bounced to Belanger, who was positioned just below the right circle and converted on a high wrist shot
The Kings dominated play in the second, posting an 18-7 shot advantage.
With less than five minutes remaining, Montreal pushed its lead to 3-1 on Zednik's 22nd goal of the season. He carried the puck through the crease and scored on a wrist shot with 4:49 to go.
"All you can ask of your team is that they put in a solid work ethic and play with structure, and we did both things," Los Angeles head coach Andy Murray said. "Unfortunately, we were soft three times in the defensive zone and it cost us the game."
After Laperriere's shot from the right wing hit the crossbar with less than four minutes left, Los Angeles posted a power-play goal with 32.6 seconds to go.
Skating without a goaltender, Klatt slammed home a rebound in the crease to get the Kings within 3-2.
But Zednik's empty-net tally capped the scoring with 1.2 seconds left for the Canadiens.
Saku Koivu registered two assists for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the series and won for the third time in the last eight road games...Los Angeles had its four-game home unbeaten string snapped (3-1-1).
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