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Late goals by Gabe Vilardi and Anze Kopitar lift Kings over Canadiens


Gabe Vilardi and Anze Kopitar scored in the third period and the Kings won 3-2 against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday-evening.

Alex Iafallo also scored and Pheonix Copley made 19 saves to help the Kings win their fourth home game in a row.

Josh Anderson had a power play goal for Montreal. Denis Gurianov also scored and Jake Allen made 30 saves.

Vilardi put Los Angeles 2-1 at 7:27 of the third inning, shooting into the top net with Allen on one knee. Kopitar made it 3-1 1:03 later on a wrist shot from the slot.

Gurianov cut it to 3-2 with 10:21 left, scoring his first goal in two games since being acquired in a trade from Dallas.

The Kings tied the score at 1 at 7:42 of the second when Vilardi found Iafallo in the slot for a wrist shot.

Anderson scored his 18th goal of the season midway through the first, taking advantage of Adrian Kempe’s inadvertent deflection of a pass from Nick Suzuki to beat Copley five holes from close range with a power play.

Defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov made his Kings debut after being acquired from Columbus on a trade Wednesday along with goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

Gavrikov was mostly solid after being kept out of the lineup by the Blue Jackets for trade-related reasons since February 11, but it was his interference penalty that led to the Canadiens’ successful power play.

Korpisalo could make his Kings debut against the Blues on Saturday.

Next for the Kings: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday nights.

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