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Fast start helps Kings top Canadiens

Kopitar, Pearson score goals in first 3:33

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com Correspondent

Kopitar's goal opens scoring

MTL@LAK: Kopitar opens scoring on deflection

3/3/16: Alec Martinez fires a shot which is deflected by Anze Kopitar that enters the back of the net, putting the Kings up 1-0 in the 1st

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings were working for the weekend. 

Anze Kopitar , Tanner Pearson and Dwight King scored and the surging Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Staples Center on Thursday.

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Versteeg to debut for Kings against Canadiens

L.A. forward skating alongside Carter, Pearson

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Right wing Kris Versteeg will debut for the Los Angeles Kings against the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center on Thursday.

Versteeg was acquired a day before the NHL Trade Deadline from the Carolina Hurricanes. He skated with center Jeff Carter and left wing Tanner Pearson at the Kings' practice facility, and expects some adrenaline for his Kings debut.

"When you play with a new team, it's a little exciting, a little nerve wracking, all in all," Versteeg said. "It doesn't matter how many times you've been moved. Tonight is just really a game where I'm going to have to keep it simple and stay within myself and contribute in whatever way I can."

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