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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canadiens Savage Kings' Defense, Win 6-3


MONTREAL -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell heard Montreal Canadiens' left wing Brian Savage celebrating -- quite loudly, in fact -- after he had scored against the Kings early in the second period. So, he silenced Savage by cross-checking him.

"It was more of a reaction -- I was a little bit pumped up tonight. I just happened to be skating by him and heard him screaming," O'Donnell said. "I got a little upset. I don't want to take the two minutes. But I'd do the same thing again."

Hitting was a rare sight Wednesday from the Kings, before or after goals. It seemed as though the Kings were constantly chasing the Canadiens in circles all night in a 6-3 loss to Montreal before 20,218 at Molson Centre. They'll probably have dreams about outnumbered attacks from the potent line of Savage and right wing Mark Recchi, centered by Saku Koivu, as the three players accounted for four of Montreal's six goals.

The Kings (1-2) have given up 13 goals in their last two games and already exasperated Coach Larry Robinson after three games. And Robinson thought the outcome could have been 10-1 without several outstanding saves by King goaltender Stephane Fiset. The Kings' promising defensive effort in a 1-0 shutout against the Islanders in the season opener has evaporated for the moment.

Red Wings 2, Oilers 0. In Detroit, Chris Osgood stopped 18 shots for his ninth career shutout and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored in the first period, as the Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.

Osgood needed to stop just 11 shots over the first two periods, and seven in the third.

Bob Rouse added an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left for the Red Wings, who have split their first two games.

The Oilers had a goal disallowed in the second period when it was ruled that Andrei Kovalenko directed the puck into the net with his glove.


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