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.
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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