Pacioretty propels Canadiens to 5-4 shootout win over Kings
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price reaches for the puck as it flies past the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided a winless swing through California with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in seven road games. Montreal had only one win in its previous 11 games in California before scoring three times in the four-round shootout.
Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.
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Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who lost for only the second time in eight games. Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots.