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Canadiens-Kings: Montreal Ends Losing Streak.

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2009

This afternoon at the Bell centre, the Montreal Canadiens hosted the Los Angeles Kings. It took a lot of effort and two goals during the last two minutes of play to allow the Canadiens to win this one.

The Kings took the lead during the second period. After the goal by M. Handzus during the first frame, Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll made the score 3-2 in their favor. Stoll's goal came from a very ugly giveaway (and a funny sprawl from Carey Price attempting to stop the puck).

The Los Angeles Kings were ahead by a goal after two periods and were looking fine as the clock was ticking down in this third period. But with just over two minutes to go, Christopher Higgins out skated and outworked a defense men to score the tying goal.

The game was due to go to overtime but with only 23 seconds to go to the third period, a loose puck created a battle in front of the net. In an attempt to cover the puck while laying down on it, goaltender Jonathan Quick pushed the puck into his own net. The goal was awarded to Saku Koivu.

The Canadiens really stole that game and two points from their opponents. It was great to finally see Christopher Higgins score a big goal for the club.

Tomas Plekanec during the first period and Andrei Kostitsyn during a man advantage also scored for Montreal.

Final score: Montreal Canadiens 4  Los Angeles Kings 3.

Montreal plays another afternoon game tomorrow against the Eastern conference leaders, the Boston Bruins.

(Picture: The Montreal Canadiens, Getty Images.)

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