Kings 4, Canadiens 2
MONTREAL (AP) _ Brad Chartrand scored twice as the Los Angeles Kings held off Montreal’s third-period rally in a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Kings, 4-1-2-1 in their last eight games, took a 3-0 lead and chased Montreal goalie Jeff Hackett before the midway point of the second with goals by Brian Smolinski, Garry Galley and Chartrand.
Jim Cummins and Sergei Zholtok scored 76 seconds apart early in the third to get Montreal within one. But Los Angeles goalie Jamie Storr was strong the rest of the way as the Kings rebounded from a 3-1 loss in Detroit on Friday night.
Smolinski scored his seventh of the season on a power play with just under 10 seconds left in the first, and Galley made it 2-0 with another power-play goal 1:29 into the second. Chartrand’s second of the season at 8:49 ended Hackett’s evening as Jose Theodore came in.
Cummins made it 3-1 when he scored off a rebound of Karl Dykhuis’ shot 1:34 into the third. Zholtok scored his eighth of the season at 2:50 to draw the Canadiens within 3-2. Chartrand scored his second of the game at 18:45 to finish the scoring.
Martin Rucinsky missed on a penalty shot 5:51 into the game after he was hauled down from behind by Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom on a breakaway.
A shoving match between Los Angeles’ Steve McKenna and Montreal’s Scott Thornton during the pregame warmup drew both teams to center ice and foreshadowed three first-period fights, including the rematch between Thornton and McKenna. The Kings’ Ian Laperierre and Arron Asham of the Canadiens also fought early in the second.