LOS ANGELES –
Scoring hasn’t come easy for the Kings of late, but they were able to put three past Ben Scrivens
in their 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at STAPLES Center.
For the Kings, the club combined to score three goals for the first time in eight games, a span dating back to February 12.
“I think everybody’s just gripping their sticks a little bit obviously and just focusing on scoring,” Dwight King said following the game. “And then tonight throwing everything at the net we got rewarded.”
The goals came early, with Anze Kopitar netting the evening’s first marker just 56 seconds into the game.
Upon establishing pressure in Montreal’s zone on the opening shift, Milan Lucic worked the puck up to Alec Martinez atop the point, who then fired a slap shot which Kopitar redirected past Ben Scrivens.
Less than three minutes later, Tanner Pearson hopped on an offensive zone faceoff won by Jeff Carter and beat Scrivens with a wrist shot to the far side.
P.K Subban got the Canadiens on the board in the late stages of the first when he beat Jonathan Quick with a rocket from the point.
In the third, Dwight King have the Kings a 3-1 lead when he capitalized on a neutral zone turnover that enabled him to walk in alone on Scrivens, beating the Canadiens’ netminder through the five-hole.
The Kings have now won their previous three games against Montreal, dating back to last season; it is the longest win-streak the Kings have ever had against the Canadiens in franchise history.
Six different players led the Kings in points scored (1), Kyle Clifford in shots taken (4), Milan Lucic and Luke Schenn in hits delivered (6), Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (26:18). Jonathan Quick made 13 saves in the win.
The Kings will continue their five-game home stand Saturday afternoon when they host the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 1:00 PM PST.