RECAP: Kings fall to Canadiens, 6-2
Jiri Sekac scored two goals and Cary Price stopped 44 shots to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, David Desharnais and Andre Markov each had a goal and an assist, and Sven Andrighetto also scored for Montreal, which has won two straight.
Defensemen Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who have lost three of their last four. Back-up goalie Martin Jones finished with 14 saves. Jones, coming off shutouts in his previous two starts, gave up three goals on the first eight shots he faced.
At the other end, Price made save after brilliant save until Muzzin finally got the Kings on the scoreboard at 3:35 of the third period.
The Kings outshot the Canadiens 14-4 in the first period but trailed 1-0.
Doughty had served only 4 seconds of an interference call when Tomas Plekanec won a draw to the point, and Subban's point shot beat Jones at 8:16 off a deflection in front. Montreal didn't get a shot the rest of the period.
The Canadiens had a man advantage to start the second and Markov scored on a point shot that was deflected at 1:01. Just 2:44 later, Subban one-timed a drop pass from Dale Weise and saw the puck trickle through Jones's pads to make it 3-0. Manny Malhotra got his first point in 31 games as a Canadien on the goal.
After Muzzin scored on the Kings' 34th shot with wrister from the point that went in off Markov's hand, Desharnais scored his first goal in 13 games since Nov. 15 when he one-timed P.A. Parenteau's pass on a 2-on-1 at 9:47 of the third.
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Just 1:01 later, Doughty beat Price cleanly with a shot from the right side. To make it 4-2.
Andrighetto was alone in the right circle to swipe in Michael Bournival's pass with 6:01 left, giving the Swiss rookie one point in each of his first three NHL games. Sekac got another with 4:34 remaining on a bad-angled shot with Jones down.
Notes: Jones' shutout streak lasted 154 minutes 17 seconds. ... Jones made 31 saves when the Kings won 6-0 on their last visit to Montreal last December. ... Parenteau went off late in the first period after being clipped in an eye by Marian Gaborik's stick, but was back to start the second. ... Montreal's Brandon Prust got an assist in his 400th NHL game. He has 31 goals, 98 points and 907 penalty minutes.