Skip to main content

Quick makes 45 saves, Kings shut out Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

MONTREAL -- The Los Angeles Kings enjoyed some team-bonding at a Quebec ski resort with two days between games on a six-game trip.

Refreshed and recharged, they ended a two-game losing streak Thursday with a 3-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Jonathan Quick made 45 saves for his second shutout and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist. Quick got his 39th career shutout for the Kings, who had their nine game point streak (7-0-2) end Monday with a 5-3 loss at the Ottawa Senators.

"One of our team's focuses this year is definitely after maybe a six-game winning streak, or something like that, we're not going to step off the gas pedal," Doughty said. "But when we come into a building after a couple of losses you don't want to play us. We want to be a team that people are scared to play after we lost just because we don't like losing games. So that's one thing we've really focused on this year, and so far it's been so-so, but we can get better at it."

Los Angeles (20-9-2) is 3-1-1 on the trip that concludes against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

The Kings traveled to the resort town of Mont-Tremblant, Que., after the loss in Ottawa on Monday, which followed a 2-1 overtime loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. After a day away from the rink, Los Angeles practiced at the local arena Wednesday before making the 90-minute ride to Montreal.

"Whenever you can get those team bonding moments they're so important," Doughty said. "When you're at home, a lot of guys have families and what-not and we're not able to all get together and kind of do things that are fun for the team. And being able to do that and just hang out, yeah, we had a ton of fun and we were ready for this game at the same time, and it was a big win and I think that had a lot to do with it."

Doughty's slap shot from the right point went past Canadiens goalie Mike Condon for his fifth goal at 14:47 of the second. Kopitar put Los Angeles up 2-0 at 16:22 when he put Doughty's pass into an open left side.

Marian Gaborik scored into an empty net with 48.2 seconds left in the third.

"That's a [heck] of a hockey team," Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu said. "That's the tightest-checking game I've ever played in this League. They force everything and they don't give you much room. For us to get almost 50 shots, I don't know the exact number but I thought we played a pretty good hockey game, but this game's about results and unfortunately we didn't get the job done again."

The Canadiens outshot Los Angeles 45-20, including 15-4 in the third period.

"They had a good amount of zone time," Quick said. "I think the shot guys are pretty generous here, I saw that. It's nice, but I don't think that we got outplayed as bad as the shot differential was. I think we were right there for most of the game. They had moments where they had a little extended zone time but we were able to kind of weather it, and we got two big goals there in the second period."

Condon, who lost his fourth in a row, made 17 saves in his first start in four games. He made saves on the six shots he faced in relief of Dustin Tokarski in Montreal's 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

"It's frustrating but all I can do is stay positive and keep working," Condon said.

The Canadiens, who went 0-for-3 on the power play, have failed to score a power-play goal in their past seven games (0-for-21) and are 1-6-0.

Montreal (20-10-3) plays its next eight games on the road, including the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year's Day. The Canadiens begin their trip Friday at the Dallas Stars and don't play at Bell Centre until Jan. 6 against the New Jersey Devils.

"I think it might be a time to get together, regroup, everyone try and feel good about themselves," Montreal captain Max Pacioretty said. "Sometimes it works that way, where you get away from home, spend some time with the guys and you feel a bit better about your game. So maybe it's a good time for that; I hope so, and I hope we show up against Dallas (on Saturday)."

Canadiens left wing Lars Eller had a shorthanded breakaway in the first period, when Montreal had an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal. Eller's shot struck the left post after he was hooked from behind by Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez, who was penalized at 15:05.

"I'll take it, but he made a good move," Quick said. "He had a long reach and he got it to the outside and created a little angle for himself. I thought it was in, and I didn't even hear it hit the post, so I for sure thought it was in but you get the bounces sometimes."

Quick sprawled to make a right pad save when Montreal center Alex Galchenyuk cut across the goalmouth at 4:15 of the third period. Moments earlier, Quick turned back to his right to clear the puck behind him near the goal line after he made a save on Pacioretty's shot from the slot.

Condon had to switch masks during a break in play early in the second period when he had a problem with his usual mask. He returned to the net with a mask with a white Canadiens "CH" logo painted on the forehead, similar to the crest Montreal will wear on the front of their white Winter Classic jerseys. A Canadiens official said it was not Condon's Winter Classic mask.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.