Iafallo, Kings defeat Canadiens to end six-game slide


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings won for the first time in seven games, 5-2 against the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center on Saturday.

Alex Iafallo had two goals and an assist, and Arthur Kaliyev and Rasmus Kupari each scored a power-play goal for the Kings (2-5-1), who were 0-5-1 since a 6-2 win in their season opener against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 14. Calvin Petersen made 26 saves.

Josh Anderson scored for a second straight game, and Jake Allen made 33 saves for the Canadiens (2-7-0).

Kaliyev put the Kings in front 2-1 at 12:19 of the second period with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle through traffic.

Kupari made it 3-1 at 1:53 of the third period with Dustin Brown screening Allen on a wrist shot from the right circle. It was Kupari’s second straight game with a goal.

Iafallo took the rebound of Matt Roy‘s shot and skated around Allen to score into an open net, giving Los Angeles a 4-1 lead at 5:37.

Iafallo scored the Kings’ third power-play goal to make it 5-1 at 14:16. Los Angeles was 3-for-5 on the power play after going 2-for-21 in its previous six games.

Ben Chiarot scored for the Canadiens at 17:40 for the 5-2 final.

Anderson put Montreal ahead 1-0 at 18:22 of the first period when he scored in transition on a wrist shot from the right circle.

Viktor Arvidsson tied it 1-1 at 4:31 of the second period on a wrist shot from the right circle.

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