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MONTREAL -- Los Angeles goaltender Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout, and centers Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist to lead the Kings to a 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday night.

The Canadiens' winning streak ended at five games.

Jones, who lowered his goals-against-average from 0.97 to 0.65, withstood a seven-shot barrage by Montreal in the opening minutes. He made 30 saves overall, including 17 in the first, to win his third straight start as Los Angeles (20-7-4) extended its winning streak to four.

A week earlier, the 23-year-old rookie stopped 26 of 28 shots and all nine shootout attempts in a 3-2 win over the Ducks in his NHL debut at Anaheim. Jones made 16 saves for his first shutout in a 3-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Right wingers Jordan Nolan and Justin Williams, and defensemen Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin also scored for Los Angeles, which beat Montreal for the first time in eight meetings.

Kings center Mike Richards, left winger Kyle Clifford and right winger Jarret Stoll each had two assists.

Montreal goalie Carey Price allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled for the first time in 25 starts this season after Toffoli's goal 5:28 into the second. Backup goalie Peter Budaj stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

The Canadiens (19-10-3) saw their 9-0-1 run end, and they lost for just the second time in regulation in 15 games (11-2-2).

Montreal outshot the Kings 17-12 in the opening period, but Los Angeles came out of the first with a 2-0 lead.

Kopitar, who set up Nolan's goal 7:03 in, put the Kings up by two when he beat Price for his ninth goal with 12.3 seconds remaining in the opening period.

Martinez made it 3-0 when he scored his first goal 1:45 into the second period. Toffoli, who assisted on Martinez's goal, scored his eighth at 5:28 to chase Price.

Muzzin scored a power-play goal on Budaj at 8:14 of the second period to increase the lead to 5-0. Williams scored his 11th at 18:28 of the middle period.

NOTES: The Kings' previous win in Montreal was on Dec. 11, 1999. Before Tuesday, Los Angeles lost seven consecutive games against the Canadiens dating back to March 8, 2003. Montreal D Andrei Markov and D Francis Bouillon were the only current players from either team who played in that contest, a 2-1 win for the Kings at Staples Center. ... Kings D Jake Muzzin's power-play goal 8:14 into the second period ended an 0-for-31 drought for Los Angeles with the man advantage, including one power play in the first period. ... Kings D Matt Greene, who has been out since Nov. 2, was available to return from an upper-body injury, but was left out of the lineup. G Jonathan Quick (groin) and RW Trevor Lewis (lower-body injury) remain sidelined. ... RW Matt Frattin and RW Linden Vey did not dress for Los Angeles. ... Bouillon returned to the lineup after sitting out two games. ... D Douglas Murray and RW George Parros were healthy scratches for Montreal. ... Canadiens LW Rene Bourque missed his fourth straight game because of an upper-body injury.
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