The first time the Canadiens faced the Los Angeles Kings this season they were beaten 6-0 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 10.
In their second and final regular-season meeting, the Canadiens lost 2-1 to the Kings Monday night in Los Angeles.
A moral victory?
“No,” captain Brian Gionta told reporters in the Habs’ locker room after the game.
“We need points and we didn’t get any.” Gionta added after the Canadiens failed to gain any ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Canadiens remain second in the Atlantic Division with 75 points, two up on Tampa and three ahead of Toronto. The Lightning has two games in hand.
Said coach Michel Therrien: “Tonight we played against the best defensive team in the league and they showed it. They played a solid defensive game, and we ended up losing the battle of special teams.”
The Kings went 1-for-4 with the extra man while the Canadiens were 0-for-3 and had only two shots on goal.
The Canadiens continue their four-game West Coast road trip Wednesday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). They then travel to Phoenix to face the Coyotes on Thursday (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) before wrappingup the trip Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).