Kempe, Kings defeat Canadiens in OT, push winning streak to six


MONTREAL — Adrian Kempe scored with 1:21 remaining in overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

The forward drove the right side and carried the puck behind the Montreal net, doing a lap around the offensive zone before cutting across the front of the goal and shooting past Jake Allen.

Brendan Lemieux and Alex Iafallo scored, and Cal Petersen made 33 saves for Los Angeles (7-5-1), which won back-to-back games on the road for the first time since Feb. 4-5, 2019. The Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Monday.

Ben Chiarot and Jake Evans scored, and Artturi Lehkonen had two assists for Montreal (3-10-1), which has lost three straight and five of six. Jake Allen made 31 saves.

Evans pulled the Canadiens even at 2-2 at 13:22. He scored on a wrist shot to the stick side after he broke down the right side and dangled the puck around Kings defenseman Tobias Bjornfot.

Chiarot put the Canadiens up 1-0 at 15:03 of the first. He scored from along the goal line on Montreal’s fourth shot of a scramble in front after Los Angeles defenseman Olli Maatta batted down Lehkonen’s shot at an open net and the puck went to Chiarot.

Lemieux scored on a wrist shot over Allen’s right shoulder to tie it 1-1 at 4:56 of the second.

Iafallo gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead when he scored six seconds into the third period. He batted the puck past Canadiens defenseman David Savard off the opening face-off and recovered it off the boards before scoring on a wrist shot from the left face-off dot.

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin missed his third straight game. He is day to day after being hit in the head by a shot by teammate Brett Kulak on Nov. 1.

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