Habs dethrone Kings

Wednesday, 24.11.2010 / 10:29 PM / Recap
Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist and Carey Price made 24 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Price, the starter in all but one of Montreal's 22 games, has 13 wins to match his total from last season.

Lars Eller scored his first goal in 21 games with Montreal late in the second to put the Canadiens up by three. Michael Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has won six of eight.

Alec Martinez scored his first NHL goal in his season debut for Los Angeles, which has lost five of six after a 12-3 start.

Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves in his seventh start of the season. The Montreal native fell to 0-5 on the road with several dozen members of his family and friends looking on.

Highlights from the Canadiens-Kings game

Chosen fifth overall in the 2005 draft, Price has won 13 of 21 starts this season, including four shutouts.

The 23-year-old goalie went 13-20-5 and had no shutouts in 41 games in 2009-10. He lost his starting job to Jaroslav Halak, who was traded in the offseason despite leading the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference final. Halak was sent to St. Louis in the deal that brought Eller to Montreal.

Kostitsyn, who scored a power-play goal midway through the first, assisted on Plekanec's goal 3:16 into the second.

Bernier stopped Kostitsyn's shot and Canadiens captain Brian Gionta picked up the rebound, circling patiently before feeding a pass to Plekanec, who one-timed a drive into the right side of the net to put the Canadiens up 3-1 moments after Martinez had drawn the Kings within one.

Eller, who had one assist through his first 20 games, got his first Montreal goal with 1:57 left in the second when he put away a rebound of Alexandre Picard's shot off the right post.

Martinez drew Los Angeles to 2-1 during with a power-play goal early in the second. Price complained in vain after the goal because he got tangled up with Ryan Smyth, who fell to the ice after Justin Williams' shot struck him, leaving Martinez with the rebound for a backhand shot into an open right side.

Kostitsyn opened the scoring 9:59 in when he drove the right side on a 2-on-1 and fired a shot past Bernier for his eighth goal.

Cammalleri made it 2-0 with a drive from the point for his seventh during a 4-on-4.

NOTES: Bernier has yet to win a road game in his career. He is 6-0 at home, including four wins at the beginning of the 2007-08 season before he was returned to his junior team. ... Martinez was recalled from Manchester of the AHL on Monday. He had no points in four games last season. ... Price had a career-high 24 wins as a rookie in 2007-08. He won 23 games the following season.


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