Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michel Therrien's Lineup Changes Lead to Canadiens' 4-1 Win over Kings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michel Therrien's Lineup Changes Lead to Canadiens' 4-1 Win over Kings

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Therrien's lineup changes lead to Habs' win

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MONTREAL - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made a minor tweak to his lineup and it worked like a charm.

The Habs bench boss shuffled his third line against the Kings on Thursday and the move paid instant dividends as Montreal beat Los Angeles 4-1 at the Bell Centre.

Therrien benched forward David Desharnais, who was without a point in his last nine games. Usually on the wing, Phillip Danault took Desharnais' spot at centre on the third line. Danault, centring Max Pacioretty and Andrew Shaw, scored Montreal's third goal of the night.

"I loved Danault's game," said Therrien. "For his first game at centre, he wasn't lost, he looked natural. Sometimes a player loses himself when he changes position. He was very comfortable out there."

With the Canadiens already leading 2-0, Danault put away Jeff Petry's rebound from a tight angle at 9:37 of the second period for his fourth goal of the season. Former Habs goalie Peter Budaj, out of position after the initial save on Petry, was impeded by teammate Nick Shore and couldn't get back to his crease.

Danault's linemate Pacioretty finished the game with two assists while Shaw was plus-2 with three shots.

"I had some excellent linemates today," said Danault. "It was more a question of playing defensively today. It just means you're playing against bigger lines. But that's just part of the game.

"Shaw and I are great along the boards, and Max has an incredible shot. We compliment each other really well."

The Habs are now 9-0-0 at home this year, tying a franchise record for most consecutive home wins to start a season since 1953.

Carey Price protected Montreal's (12-1-1) three-goal lead as the Kings (7-7-0) upped the pressure in the third period. Price made 11 of his 23 saves in the third period, including a mystifying stop on Anze Kopitar hallway through the frame. …

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