Blueliner Jake Muzzin opened the scoring early on for LA, jumping into the rush and taking a pass just inside the Habs’ blue line from Tyler Toffoli and wristing a shot past Peter Budaj in the Montreal net. That goal came before the game was even 2 minutes old, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead.
P.K. Subban knotted the score at a goal apiece, flipping a harmless looking wrist shot through traffic and hancuffing Quick. He made the initial save, but the rebound deflected in off Alec Martinez giving the Habs some life with 5:15 left in the opening frame.
Martinez made some amends for his defensive gaffe, starting the play that led to Carter’s game winner. While on the power play, Martinez made a slick pass to Anze Kopitar in the slot, who made an even slicker backhand feed to Carter standing at the bottom of the faceoff circle to the right of the Montreal net. His one-timer was in the back of the net before Budaj could get across.
Quick was not overly tested, as he faced just 18 Montreal shots, but he was good enough to get the win. The Canadiens dominted the faceoff circle, winning 31 of 50 draws for 62% efficiency. That is uncharateristic of the Kings’ faceoff men, and that trend cannot continue for the Kings to be considered a serious threat.
The Kings have a break in the action until Thursday, when they take to the road against the Winnipeg Jets.