The Kings enter the second game of their road trip, losing to Winnipeg 2-1 in their previous game with backup goalie Jack Campbell becoming starter in light of Jonathan Quick’s injury (More on that in closing notes), with Peter Budaj called up from Ontario as backup.
The Kings entered the game 1-1-1 following an OTL, W and L respectively to San Jose, Detroit and Winnipeg, on the flip side of that Montreal would enter 1-0-1 following an OTL and W against Toronto and Pittsburgh respectively.
The Habs would try to get off to a start early on a power play within a few minutes of the game. However, moments later at 3:56 in the 1st, Jeff Carter would swipe the puck out out of the right faceoff circle to Tyler Toffoli would tip the puck just enough to Adrian Kempe, who would beat Carey Price short-side with a beautiful snap shot between Price’s blocker and leg pad to make the game 1-0 for the Kings.
LAK GOAL – 3:56, 1ST.
Toffoli (3), Carter (1).
The Kings would survive a scare halfway through the period, when Campbell came well out of his net to play the puck and shoot it out towards the neutral zone, only for the pass to be intercepted by Jonathan Drouin who would take a shot on net while Joel Armia would attempt another shot on the rebound to no avail.
Following this, the Kings would take the puck to their end moments later resulting in a behind net board battle between LA’s Anderson-Dolan and MTL’s Andrew Shore, Anderson-Dolan would come out of this battle the winner, by passing the puck cleanly to an open Michael Amadio who would then one time through Price blocker side.
LAK GOAL – 11:31, 1ST
Anderson-Dolan (1), Carter (2)
Towards the end of the period, Montreal would attempt a few weak shot attempts on Campbell which were easily turned away. The Kings end the period 2-0 up against Montreal.
The Kings momentum didn’t stop entering the second period, early on as Campbell starts a breakout leading to a 2-on-1, Carey Price would stop an attempt on goal as Carter would attempt a shot following a pass from Amadio.
The period would be a scoreless affair for the two teams, though Montreal for chunks of the period would test the rookie goalie in Campbell he would hold his own as would Price as the two fended off pucks from multiple scoring chances from both teams. Price getting the most notable test during a breakout nearly resulting in a goal for Kings newcomer Ilya Kovalchuk. Montreal would nearly score on the PP but a puck bouncing off Campbell’s glove and out of play would deny the Habs an opportunity to pull within one towards the end of the second period.
The Kings would enter the third leading 2-0, and early on would test Price once again early on as an attempt from Montreal to clear the puck out would result in a bad bounce landing towards Anze Kopitar who would feed it to Kovalchuk to attempt a one timer from the right circle to no avail. Another chance would present itself on a bad turnover afterward when Jeff Petry’s turnover would give Tanner Pearson a chance to score but would be denied by Price.
Montreal would come close themselves testing Campbell again throughout as would LA in their attempts against Price, but Campbell would continue to hold the fort and the shutout in that timeframe of the first eight minutes and surviving near scares from a pressing Montreal offensive.
Los Angeles would seal a final goal from Jeff Carter taking a shot through Carey Price through traffic in front of his own net shooting past Byron and Oulett (the latter of which battling with Anderson Dolan in front of Price).
LAK GOAL – 9:04, 3RD
Muzzin (2), Martinez (2)
Throughout the remainder of the game the Canadiens would try and break through Campbell and very much nearly succeeded when Andrew Shaw would appear to get a goal past Campbell at long last. But after video review this would be turned down due to goaltender interference against Shaw who was actively screening Campbell and went into him.
LAK 3 – 0 MTL
Closing Notes from the game from the Kings:
Both teams would go 0-3 and 0-4 on the PP.
Campbell records his first NHL shutout (40 saves).
Martinez played his 500th NHL game.
Anderson-Dolan records his first NHL point (an assist).
Doughty would now become the Kings “iron man” for consecutive games played, passing Kopitar’s mark of 331 games.
Injury updates now has Quick (LBI) listed as week to week, Dustin Brown (broken finger) and Gabe Vilardi (back) are rehabilitating their respective injuries at the Toyota Sports Center.
All stats, IR and misc notes taken from the NHL website, and LA Kings Insider.