Recap: Montreal vs. Los Angeles

The Sports NetworkDecember 10, 2013 

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout and six different players lit the lamp as Los Angeles pulled off a milestone 6-0 victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Jones, in only his third NHL start, continued his shutout streak which began in earnest with a 16-save, 3-0 whitewash of the Islanders on Saturday. On Tuesday, he stopped 31 pucks, including a 17-shot barrage in the opening 20 minutes.

"I didn't expect that many shots early. It's a sign of a good team to hold them off," said Jones. "When we were up by six, my team protected me as if it was a one-goal lead so I could get that second straight shutout. I'm just happy with the win but I must say our two-goal lead in the first totally relaxed things."

Jordan Nolan, Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who kicked off their four-game road swing with just their ninth win in Montreal over 46 seasons and first ever by shutout.

LA had dropped five in a row in Quebec's largest city since a 4-2 decision on Dec. 11, 1999.

Carey Price was chased after yielding four goals on 16 shots in almost 25 1/2 minutes. Peter Budaj ended the contest with 12 stops for the Canadiens, whose five-game win streak came to a screeching halt.

Jones made seven saves during a frantic early Montreal power play, and the Habs continued to carry the action until Nolan beat Price on a rebound from the right side with 7:03 gone in the first.

The Habs kept up the pressure on virtually every shift and Jones stood firm, then Kopitar added a one-timer off a Mike Richards dish in the final 13 seconds to make it 2-0.

LA went up by three with 1:45 elapsed in the second, when Price appeared to be interfered with by Kyle Clifford as a Martinez shot zipped past him from the right wing.

Toffoli provided a four-goal bulge for the visitors near the 5 1/2-minute mark and Budaj was rudely greeted on a Kings power play as Muzzin ripped home a shot from the left wing at 8:14.

Williams made it 6-0 with 1:32 left in the second, and, after needing to make three saves in the middle frame, Jones kept his sheet clean with 11 third- period stops.

"There's nothing we can do after a loss like that," mused Habs head coach Michel Therrien. "They're second goal was a case of poor coverage. You have to give that team a lot of credit, but we have to put it aside and start all over again. If we had scored early, it might have been different. We're all disappointed."

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