Kings to unleash road show against Canadiens

Kings to unleash road show against Canadiens

The Los Angeles Kings look to make their mark in the NHL record book on Thursday when they continue their four-game road trip with a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens.Los Angeles opened its trek by

The Los Angeles Kings look to make their mark in the NHL record book on Thursday when they continue their four-game road trip with a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens.Los Angeles opened its trek by becoming the first team this season to overcome a three-goal deficit in the third period of a 4-3 overtime win vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tuesday’s victory improved the Kings to 10-0-0 away from home, matching the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres for the longest season-opening road winning streak in NHL history.”It’s huge,” Los Angeles defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov said of his team’s good fortune. “Winning is always fun, especially right now. That kind of hot streak, we’ve got to keep going.”Defenseman Drew Doughty scored 33 seconds into overtime to fuel the Kings to their seventh win in their past eight games overall.”Our team feels good about itself,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “We have confidence, but with confidence comes responsibility and we didn’t have a lot of it early in the game.”That appeared to be true when the Kings were faced with a 3-0 deficit. Former Canadien Phillip Danault altered the momentum of the game by scoring twice for Los Angeles, and Arthur Kaliyev tallied to forge a tie at 6:38 of the third period.”We definitely woke up in the third period, that one was better, and just took charge,” Danault said. “We started to be more direct and scored some goals.”Gavrikov notched two assists vs. his former team. Trevor Moore and captain Anze Kopitar each added one assist to extend their road point streaks to 10 games. Moore has seven goals and eight assists in that stretch, while Kopitar has six and six, respectively.Pheonix Copley, who made 26 saves on Tuesday, turned aside all 18 shots he faced in Los Angeles’ 4-0 win over Montreal on Nov. 25. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in four career appearances vs. the Canadiens.

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