Los Angeles Kings Showcase Offensive Depth While Shutting Out Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens came in to Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Winners of nine of their last ten games and boasting the second-best goals-against in the league, the Canadiens also took the league’s sixth-ranked power play and third-best penalty kill into their meeting with the Kings. None of those things mattered on Tuesday, however, as the Kings’ offense came alive in a 6-0 win. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams had goals, but the rest of the Kings’ offense came from more surprising sources, with six players in all finding the back of the net.
Fourth-liner Jordan Nolan collected his fourth goal of the season, while defenseman Alec Martinez tallied his first of the season. Rookie Tyler Toffoli stayed hot with his eighth goal in 17 games, and young blueliner Jake Muzzin got his second goal of the year on a second-period power play. For a Kings team that came into the game ranked 20th in the league in goals per game (2.5), getting six goals without having Jeff Carter or Mike Richards get one is very encouraging. Los Angeles has now won four consecutive games and posted two consecutive shutouts, as the goaltending tandem of Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones has helped the team go from trying to survive an injury to Jonathan Quick to thriving in his absence.
The Canadiens managed 31 shots on goal, but went 0-for-4 with the man-advanatge. After seeing both of their goaltenders struggle and their offense sputter, they will look to regroup before taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.