Martin Jones became the second rookie goaltender to hang a goose egg on the Canadiens.
L.A.'s phenom made 30 stops. Jones was particularly brilliant during a first-period Canadiens power play, when the game was scoreless and he made seven saves.
Goals by Jordan Nolan and Anze Kopitar in the first period, then Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli 5:28 into the second drove Carey Price from the Canadiens pipes.
Peter Budaj took over and surrendered second-period goals to Jake Muzzin and Justin WIlliams.
Shots were 30-30 but it wasn't REMOTELY close.
The rout is on
Goals by Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli sent Carey Price to the bench after the Canadiens' goaltender had allowed four goals on 16 shots.
Peter Budaj was beaten by Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams.
The Canadiens were outshot 13-3.
Two good looks, two goals
Jordan Nolan had no one near him when the rebound of a Willie Mitchell found his stick to Carey Price's left.
And with seconds left in the period, Mike Richards found Anze Kopitar wide-open in the slot to make it 2-0.
The Canadiens outshot the Kings 17-12 – largely owing to a seven-shot power play.
Rare royal visit
The L.A. Kings haven't played a game in Montreal since Nov. 24, 2010.
They haven't won at the Bell Centre since Nov. 12, 1999.
So the Kings are due.
They're also tough. Like most of the good teams in the Western Conference, L.A. combines skill, speed, size and relentless physicality.
If Tuesday night's game turns into a rock 'em/sock 'em affair, the home team may be on the receiving end of rocks and socks.
L.A.'s 965 hits are third in the NHL (behind two Eastern Conference clubs, Toronto and Ottawa). The Canadiens, with 585 hits, are 26th.
Both teams play tight D. The Kings have not allowed more than two goals in 15 straight games and have gone10-1-4. The Canadiens have allowed more than two goals once in 14 games and are 11-1-2.
Other than Francis Bouillon drawing in for Douglas Murray, the Canadiens will go with the lineup that racked up their season-high fifth straight win Saturday over Buffalo. Alex Galchenyuk will play with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, and Lars Eller will centre Daniel Brière and Michaël Bournival.
The game will feature two of the best young defencemen in the league: P.K. Subban and L.A.'s Drew Doughty.
Should be a good one.
• USA Today hockey guy Kevin Allen on The Code.