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Weber, Canadiens start fast, hold off Kings

Scores two power-play goals in first period, Montreal wins for fifth time in seven games

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Habs score twice in 15 seconds

LAK@MTL: Weber, Thompson score 15 seconds apart

Shea Weber nets his 100th career power-play goal and Nate Thompson scores on a one-timer 15 seconds later to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead

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MONTREAL -- Shea Weber scored two power-play goals, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Weber gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 10:13 of the first period, and his second goal made it 3-0 at 16:48.

"We know we haven't been good enough in the last little while here," Weber said. "… I thought tonight we had a much better start, and obviously you saw what a start can do. You play with the lead and, even though maybe it could have gone the other way for a while there, you definitely set yourself up to be more successful that way."

 

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Weber has 101 power-play goals and passed Mathieu Schneider (100) for 11th among NHL defensemen since the League started tracking the statistic in 1933-34.

"I'm sure he's very proud about it, but Shea puts in the work and he's put in the work his whole career and he deserves those accolades," said Jonathan Drouin, who had an assist on each of Weber's goals. "He's a team guy, but it's always fun to see somebody that cares about the team accomplish that stuff."

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

Nate Thompson scored, and Carey Price made 31 saves for Montreal (9-5-3), which is 5-1-1 in its past seven games.

Anze Kopitar and Blake Lizotte scored, and Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for Los Angeles (5-11-1), which is winless (0-2-1) in its past three and 1-6-1 in its past eight.

"The first period, it was a sloppy period and you can't spot a team three goals," said Kopitar, the Kings captain. "We had a good second, a good third, but we've talked about this enough so far. I mean, it's been 16 games in, you can't play 40 minutes, or 45, or 55, you've got to play the full 60."

Leading up to his first goal, Weber's one-timer from the left point struck Los Angeles defenseman Matt Roy and bounced high in the air. Weber then batted the puck in just before it could strike the ice, becoming the only active defenseman with 100 power-play goals.

"That was a weird one, definitely, just waiting for it to come down, and I got lucky on the timing," Weber said.

The Canadiens went up 2-0 on Thompson's goal 15 seconds later off a pass from Artturi Lehkonen at 10:28.

Weber made it 3-0 six seconds into a power play with a one-timer from the left point.

Kopitar scored on the power play at 2:41 of the second, one-timing a centering pass from Alex Iafallo to make it 3-1.

Video: LAK@MTL: Kopitar wires one-timer past Price for PPG

Lizotte scored his first NHL goal to pull the Kings within 3-2 at 13:04 of the third.

"We're close, but close doesn't get you wins, and we're looking for a few right now," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said.

 

They said it

"The second goal was the one that really hurt us. You look at the first, it was a skill play by Shea. He's that good a player, he can do it. There's not much we can do about that one. The second one really hurt us." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan said

"I've been dreaming about that one for a while here now, especially this year. I've had some good chances, and they haven't gone my way, so it feels really good to get that first one." -- Kings forward Blake Lizotte on his first NHL goal

"Any team that's down is going to apply pressure, and I thought their keeper played very well too. We had opportunities to seal it, and [Quick] played really well for them." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price

Video: LAK@MTL: Lizotte swats shot home for first NHL goal

 

Need to know

Quick had a shutout in each of his previous two starts in Montreal (Oct. 26, 2017, and Dec. 17, 2015). Weber's first goal was the first Quick allowed at Bell Centre since Jan. 31, 2009. … The Kings ended a three-game road trip. It was their seventh road game in their past nine.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN2, RDS, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Video: Weber scores twice as Habs defeat Kings, 3-2

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