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Jonathan Quick makes season-high 45 saves as Kings shut out Canadiens

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MONTREAL - Jonathan Quick made a season-high 45 saves as the Los Angeles Kings shut out the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Thursday night.

The shutout was Quick's second of the season. Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Marian Gaborik, in an empty net, scored for the Kings (20-9-2).

Mike Condon, who has now lost his last four starts, made 17 saves for Montreal (20-10-3).

The Canadiens have lost six of their last seven games, scoring just 11 goals over that stretch.

Quick was sensational throughout the game, as Montreal fired a season-high 45 pucks his way, including 18 in the first period.

The 29-year-old Quick stopped Tomas Plekanec with the glove late in the first, and denied Torrey Mitchell from point blank range in the second.

Quick really shone in the third ? stopping 15 shots to preserve the shutout. He made an acrobatic stop at 2:30 to poke the puck off the goal line after a shot by Habs captain Max Pacioretty. Minutes later, Quick made a pad save on Alex Galchenyuk on a breakaway.

Condon was solid in his first start in over a week, but two quick goals by the Kings in the second period sunk the home side.

After a hard-hitting, scoreless first period, the visitors got on the board at 14:47 of the second. As P.K. Subban stepped out of the penalty box, Doughty rifled a shot from the blue line into the top of the net to put the Kings up 1-0.

Kopitar added Los Angeles' second goal less than two minutes later. Kopitar took advantage of blown coverage by defenceman Alexei Emelin to walk in all alone and beat Condon easily for his ninth goal of the season.

Kopitar has 13 points in his last 13 games.

Montreal embarks on an eight-game road trip, starting with the Stars in Dallas on Saturday.

Notes: Montreal is 0 for 21 on the power play in its last seven games. ??? L.A. leads the Pacific Division. ??? Montreal's lead in the Atlantic is down to five points. ??? The Kings are 13-1-0 when leading after two periods.

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