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  • Mikey Anderson #44 of the Los Angeles Kings and Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens face off along the boards during the second period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley #29 makes...

    Goaltender Pheonix Copley #29 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save on Christian Dvorak #28 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Mikey Anderson #44 of the Los Angeles Kings and Kirby...

    Mikey Anderson #44 of the Los Angeles Kings and Kirby Dach #77 of the Montreal Canadiens face off during the second period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his goal...

    Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his goal with teammates Kaiden Guhle #21, Nick Suzuki #14, Kirby Dach #77 and Chris Wideman #6 during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Center on December 10 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his goal...

    Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his goal with his teammates on the bench during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Chris Wideman #6 of the Montreal Canadiens and Phillip Danault...

    Chris Wideman #6 of the Montreal Canadiens and Phillip Danault #24 of the Los Angeles Kings skate past the puck during the third period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Josh Anderson #17 of the Montreal Canadiens skates in the...

    Josh Anderson #17 of the Montreal Canadiens skates in the mask of goaltender Pheonix Copley #29 of the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Goaltender Pheonix Copley #29 and teammate Mikey Anderson #44 of...

    Los Angeles Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley #29 and teammate Mikey Anderson #44 celebrate their win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Phillip Danault #24 of the Los Angeles Kings and Michael...

    Phillip Danault #24 of the Los Angeles Kings and Michael Pezzetta #55 of the Montreal Canadiens face off during the third period at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Alexander Edler #2 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates...

    Alexander Edler #2 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal with teammates Sean Walker #26 and Blake Lizotte #46 during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Kings fans celebrate during the third...

    Los Angeles Kings fans celebrate during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on December 10, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • Arthur Kaliyev (34) of the Los Angeles Kings shoots the Montreal Canadiens...

    Los Angeles Kings Arthur Kaliyev (34) shoots Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen as Canadiens Christian Dvorak defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 at Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Los Angeles Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley (29) celebrates with teammates...

    Los Angeles Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley (29) celebrates with teammates after beating the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (Graham Hughes/La Canadian Press via AP)

  • Los Angeles Kings' Alexander Edler (2) celebrates with teammates after...

    Los Angeles Kings’ Alexander Edler (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL’s third period hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via PA)

  • Cole Caufield of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates after scoring against...

    Montreal Canadiens Cole Caufield celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL’s third period hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL — Anze Kopitar and Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period, and the Kings held off the Montreal Canadiens for a 4-2 victory Saturday night.

Alexander Edler also scored for Los Angeles (15-11-4) and Adrian Kempe added an empty goal. Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

Mike Hoffman and Cole Caufield scored for Montreal (13-12-2) and Jake Allen stopped 31 shots.

The Kings took an early lead with two goals just 19 seconds apart. Kevin Fiala found Kopitar with a backhand pass behind the Montreal net, and the forward beat Allen with a wrist shot at 9:34 of the first.

Arvidsson then got his eighth of the season on a quick wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.

The Canadiens have conceded eight goals and scored one in their last four openers at the Bell Centre.

Caufield was inches from Montreal’s first goal in the third when his slap shot from the point hit the crossbar. The referees reviewed the game, confirming that the winger’s shot had hit the iron.

Los Angeles opened up a 3-0 lead at 9:12 of the third period when Edler deflected Blake Lizotte’s shot from the point for his first goal of the season.

Hoffman got Montreal on the board at 11:41, catching a pass from Kaiden Guhle and scoring from the left faceoff circle with a wrist shot.

Caufield cut the Canadians’ lead to one with just over two minutes remaining. His shot along the boards was mismanaged by Copley and ended up in the back of the net.

Montreal retired Allen, then called a timeout with 1:02 to go. But Kempe put the game aside with his ninth of the season.

NEXT

kings: At Columbus Sunday night in the third of a six-game road trip.

Canadian: Host Calgary on Monday night in the final of a two-game home game.

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