The Montreal Canadiens lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings

NHL: The Montreal Canadiens lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings

Compared to the 4-0 loss suffered by Los Angeles, the Canadian did better, but it was not enough to shake the Kings machine that set an NHL record with 11.e consecutive victories at the opposing rink.

So the Habs lost, once again, 4 to 0, and here are our observations of this loss at the Bell Center.

A team in total control that deserves this record

The day before the game, Pierre-Luc Dubois said that captain Anze Kopitar never panicked. Kopitar instilled this calmness in all his teammates who showed a step full of confidence.

Without pushing the play or rushing forward in a hurry, Todd McLellan’s squad always seems to manage what happens on the ice wonderfully. He jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and it looked like it was over.

Of course, the depth of this team provides such a luxury and, we must say, it looks great. Besides, it’s even more gratifying for a coach who enjoys the show.

So this record of 11 consecutive victories abroad is stolen. In total goals in these 11 games, the Kings have dominated their opponents 50 to 18. Since the start of the season, the Kings have a remarkable difference of +36. It’s simple, it’s dizzying to look at their statistics this season.

“I think we played better, but it’s the same. I don’t hate our first two periods in Los Angeles and I really liked our first period this time, but unfortunately we lost 2-0 and deserved more we are that,” compared Martin St-Louis.

“It’s a shame, but we played well in the first half. You have to go for the next goal, but we weren’t able to close the gap. It wasn’t a 3-0 game after two periods,” he added. .

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“They are very structured and disciplined, it will not be easy if they can score the first goal. When you’re at the back, it’s a big challenge,” insisted Brendan Gallagher several times.

Montembeault was defeated by three beautiful goals

The Canadian finally decided to complete the rotation in front of his net. But the return of Samuel Montembeault in front of the net was not enough.

If, in their mature game, the Kings did not try to dazzle the fans – their silver helmets took care – they still scored three beautiful goals.

The prize definitely goes to Quinton Byfield who continued his progress with a sensational game. Using his speed and body strength to protect the puck, he teased first Kaiden Guhle and then Samuel Montembeault.

A goal that immediately made some observers say that this sequence should be an ideal inspiration for Juraj Slafkovsky – who played another strong game in the first line – in when he has more experience in the NHL.

The first goal of the night was scored by veteran Drew Doughty who was able to show patience that paid off near the Montreal net due to a painful change from the Canadian.

Honorable mention to the honorable Kopitar who made a great pass for Byfield’s second power play goal of the season.

The fourth goal, Trevor Moore, wasn’t bad either, but he managed to escape because Justin Barron was unlucky to go down due to contact with a linesman.

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Two valuable posts for Montreal

For the result to be different, the Canadian would have been luckier. While the visitors led 1-0, CH got three golden chances during a power play. Sean Monhan ran a post, Slafkovsky missed an open net and Tanner Pearson was stopped from the slot by Cam Talbot.

Later, when the Kings added a second goal, it was Nick Suzuki’s turn to hit the post.

They say that good teams take their luck and Talbot takes advantage of it. It was his ninth win of the season overseas.

Let’s add that the Kings are second in the NHL in shorthanded and they handcuffed CH three times.

“In the first half of the game, we played with a lot of energy. Against such a team, you have to take advantage of your chances. The rest of the game, we didn’t. We must capitalize on our chances,” Montembeault targeted.

“We saw it in the third period, we tried to come back, but I think we only had three shots (four to be exact). It’s a team that plays very good team hockey,” admitted the goalie.

Seeing the Canadian unable to break through the Kings’ wall, the crowd booed the club at the end of the game.

“I understand their disappointment, we are also disappointed. It was a close game for two periods if you don’t look at the scoreboard. In the third period, I would like to have a better push for our fans, but it is a difficult task and we can get back to work,” explained St-Louis.

Matheson’s fort match

To beat a team that makes as few mistakes as the Kings, you have to show good collective play. But it also requires some players to shine and we can say that the excellent skater Michael Matheson is campaigning in this direction.

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The defender uses his speed to create interesting opportunities while Montreal’s attackers will want to do the same.

“They’re one of the best teams when they hold a lead, they are so good at being patient,” said Matheson who can only praise the Kings.

Matheson finished his meeting with 23:37 usage, almost three minutes ahead of Suzuki, the second most usage.

The Kings’ famous 1-3-1

Martin St-Louis seems convinced that his team is more ready, this time, to face the Kings. He made good on his promise at this point as the Habs didn’t look too bad in their second chance against this formidable opponent (16-4-3).

There are many stories about the Kings’ suffocating 1-3-1 defensive system in the lead-up to this game. McLellan even enjoyed saying that only in Montreal did he have to answer questions on this topic.

CH managed to find an effective method to limit its influence. It’s simple, spend more time in the offensive zone.

So the Kings can’t afford to send him out often, but he’s effective when needed.

“I know it was a difficult task, but you should not be afraid to fail. I like the guys’ commitment to what we’re trying to do,” St-Louis said.

Two games will allow the Canadians to recover by facing the Sabers on Saturday in Buffalo and hosting the Predators on Sunday.