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Kempe gets hat trick, Kings defeat Canadiens

Quick makes 36 saves, Cammalleri scores twice; Montreal loses sixth straight

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Kempe scored his first NHL hat trick to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Michael Cammalleri had two goals and two assists after being a healthy scratch the previous two games, and Jonathan Quick made 36 saves for the Kings (5-0-1), who are the only team in the NHL that has not lost in regulation.

 

[WATCH: All Canadiens vs. Kings highlights]

 

Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens (1-5-1), who lost their sixth straight game (0-5-1). Al Montoya made 37 saves in his first start of the season.

Los Angeles scored four goals in the third period.

Kempe finished off a 2-on-1 with Trevor Lewis for his first goal of the season at 7:34 to put the Kings up 2-1.

"I was chasing a little bit too hard sometimes," Kempe said. "After I got the first one, you get a little bit more comfortable and you feel better about yourself and everything. And then everything came to me and went in."

Video: MTL@LAK: Kempe nets three in 3rd for first hat trick

Cammalleri made it 3-1 at 10:17 after Montoya failed to control the rebound of a Kempe shot. Montoya tried to knock the puck away with his stick, but Cammalleri backhanded it into an empty net for his second goal of the season after outflanking the goalie.

Kempe scored on a breakaway over a falling Montoya for a 4-1 lead with 3:18 left before completing the hat trick with a one-timer off a Cammalleri pass to make it 5-1 with 1:36 remaining.

"Unnecessary risks, simple as that," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said of their third-period breakdowns. "We have to be a lot better and a lot smarter in those situations if we're going to turn this around and win some hockey games."

Byron put Montreal ahead 1-0 at 10:31 of the first. Phillip Danault took a sharp-angled shot that went off Quick's right leg and into the crease, where a diving Byron smacked it in for his first goal.

Cammalleri scored on the power play to tie it 1-1 with 2:38 left in the first.

After starting the season 0-for-16 on the power play, the Kings have scored on five of nine opportunities over three games.

Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (one goal, four assists), and Kings rookie defenseman Oscar Fantenberg had an assist for the third straight game.

The Canadiens have been held to one goal or fewer in four games. Byron said they would be well-served to copy the example set by the resurgent Kings.

"You see some of the Kings' goals tonight and they're just firing pucks to the net and just getting bodies there, keeping it simple," he said. "I think that's just something we are missing in our game right now."

Video: MTL@LAK: Cammalleri slips in rebound for second goal

 

Goal of the game

Tanner Pearson took a hit from Joe Morrow just outside the Kings zone to push the puck ahead in the neutral zone for Kempe, who skated in alone for his second goal despite Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw cracking his stick over Kempe's left leg in an attempt to stop the breakaway. "He looks like a guy that should be able to score," Stevens said of the Kings' first-round pick (No. 29) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Video: MTL@LAK: Kempe scores his second on the rush

 

Save of the game

Quick made a stick save on Byron's backhand on a shorthanded breakaway at 9:07 of the second period before swatting the puck away.

Video: MTL@LAK: Quick turns away Byron's backhander

 

Highlight of the game

Cammalleri took a knee-high swing with his stick to bat the puck out of midair after it skipped off Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen's stick. His first goal of the night was his 94th for the Kings. "It's just a reactionary thing," said Cammalleri, who played for Los Angeles from 2002-08 and signed a one-year contract July 1 to return. "I just was trying to get as much, you tend to say wood but they're not made of wood anymore, as much composite on it as you can."

Video: MTL@LAK: Cammalleri swats the puck past Montoya

 

They said it

"There's too much focus on where the goals are going to come from and right now we're just not stopping them." -- Canadiens forward Paul Byron

 

Video: MTL@LAK: Byron jams home rebound at the doorstep

 

"I haven't played many games for them since 2008." -- Kings forward Michael Cammalleri after being told his previous two-goal game for L.A. was Oct. 23, 2007

 

Need to know

Kings center Jeff Carter did not return after sustaining a lower-body injury on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry in the first period. Stevens did not have an update. "Anytime a player doesn't finish a hockey game, there's concern, obviously," Stevens said.

 

What's next

Canadiens: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-W, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Kempe's hat trick leads Kings to a 5-1 victory

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