Game 26 (13-9-4)

 

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings made it somewhat interesting but it wasn't enough as the Montreal Canadiens snap their four-game losing skid and finish up their road trip with an important two points.

 

Earrly on, the Kings had quite a few power plays but just couldn't solve Montreal goaltender Carey Price. Fortunately for the Canadiens, they capitalized on their first power play opportunity late in the first as Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring.

 

In the second, it was a great passing play that put the Habs up by two and head coach Terry Murray wasn't happy. After calling a timeout and uncharastically showing some emotion with his players, the Kings capitalized on a man-advantage of their own as, believe it or not, Dustin Penner scored his first of the season in his first game back from injury to cut the lead in half.

 

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, things in the third didn't go as smoothly as they hoped. They were called oddaide a number of times and, like most of their power play chances, couldn't get anything going while a man up.

 

On the other end, though, Jonathan Bernier stood tall and was a significant reason why the Kings killed so many penalties late and remain close until the final seconds. Unfortunately, Montreal had a few too many chances but the Kings certainly should have had an extra power play as Montreal's PK Subban, who decided to lie on the ice as if he'd been badly injured just minutes earlier, slashed the stick right out of Jarret Stoll's hands.

 

A tough loss but the Kings will have to put this behind them and move on as they move on to Anaheim on Tuesday night to take on Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks.

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Brett Hardess/Ice Hockey News

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