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LAK@MTL: About Saturday night…

Shea Weber joins a select group in Habs 3-2 win over Kings

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Steven Nechay CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Here are some notable facts and storylines from the Habs' 3-2 win against the Kings on Saturday.

Mr. Man Advantage

Shea Weber has a new addition for his display case. The Canadiens captain scored his 100th career power play goal during the first period at the Bell Centre.

And let's just say it wasn't a typical Weber rocket.

Video: LAK@MTL: Weber blasts puck out of mid-air for PPG

"That was a weird goal. I waited for the puck to fall flat on the ice," described Weber postgame. "I was a little lucky with my timing."

The Sicamous, BC native becomes just the 12th defenseman in NHL history to score 100 career power play goals.

Not to mention the only player on the list who is currently active - current Bruins D-man Zdeno Chara is second with 93.

Still, Weber's night didn't stop there. Career power play goal No. 101 came moments later - both with assists from teammate Jonathan Drouin.

Video: LAK@MTL: Weber hammers slap shot for second PPG

"It's not every night that I get the chance to set him up for one-timers. I took advantage of the opportunity when the passing lanes were clear," explained Drouin, who is the club's top point-getter with seven goals and eight assists in 17 games. "You could say it paid off tonight."

Saturday marked an 18th career two-goal game for Weber. The veteran defenseman has only once registered a hat trick, on Dec. 5, 2015 with the Nashville Predators.


Quick start

In addition to the milestone tallies, the Canadiens also enjoyed a strong start to the evening.

Nate Thompson rose to the occasion to face his former team, scoring his second of the season, sending the Habs into intermission up 3-0 after 20.

"We had a great first period to be up 3-0. We also had a lot of good scoring chances in the 2nd and 3rd," underlined Tomas Tatar, who earned his 300th career point with an assist on Thompson's goal. "We're very happy with the two points."

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bravo, @TomasTatar90.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/aemxZW6K3s

Still bitter following a 3-2 OT loss in Philadelphia on Thursday, the Habs were looking to put up a solid effort on Military Appreciation Night at the Bell Centre.

"We know we weren't good enough in the last couple of games. I think we had a much better start tonight," added Weber. "It's different to play with the lead."


Another solid performance from Price

Goaltender Carey Price once again starred on a Saturday night.

The 32-year-old made a variety of spectacular stops in the final frame to keep his team up, finishing the night with 31 saves.

Video: LAK@MTL: Price makes back-to-back great saves

But following the win, Price preferred to highlight the work of his counterpart across the ice.

"I thought their goalie also played very well," concluded Price. "We had a lot of chances to put the game out of reach, but Quick did a good job in goal."

The Canadiens will be back on the ice for practice on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

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