The Los Angeles Kings notched their fifth straight victory and continued their impressive form with a 2-1 home victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, with Jeff Carter scoring his 250th career NHL goal.
The Kings stayed a point ahead of the Minnesota Wild for sixth place in the Western Conference, while the Canadiens missed a chance to close within four points of Atlantic Division leaders the Boston Bruins, but Montreal did stay three points ahead of Atlantic rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs, which lost at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made 17 saves to remain unbeaten since the Olympic break, while Jake Muzzin scored an early goal for the Kings, who opened a 10-game gap over nearest Pacific Division rivals the Vancouver Canucks and won at home against Montreal for the first time in 11 years.
P.K. Subban scored for the Canadiens, who had not lost in regulation time since Feb. 2.
Columbus’ Dalton Prout and Artem Anisimov scored second-period goals to lift the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs had won their previous seven home games — their best sequence in seven years.
Prout, a defenseman, and Anisimov scored less than three minutes apart for Columbus, who completed a three-game season sweep of Toronto.
Mason Raymond had the lone goal for Toronto, bringing the Maple Leafs within a goal with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining.
The Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to five games by downing the Calgary Flames 3-2, with Jared Spurgeon’s power-play goal in the third period standing as the winner.
Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff earned his 600th NHL coaching victory with a 3-2 win over his old team, the Buffalo Sabres.