Kempe leads Kings to sixth win in a row
Adrian Kempe took to the ice and scored a huge winner to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at Bell Centre. This win gave them their sixth win in a row in the 2022 season as the Los Angeles Kings continue to stun big squads in the league.
Kempe drove to the middle and nailed a big goal with 1:21 left in overtime. The Kings pushed to yet another win in the season against the defending West champs. There was no excuse for the Canadiens as they kept on struggling to get a win at home.
The forward started on the right side and carried the puck behind the Montreal net. He later cut his way into the middle - right in front of the goal - as he shot past Jake Allen for the win. LA fans were pleased with the shot and had a strong effect on the Kings’ confidence so far.
For goalie Cal Petersen, the strong defence by the Kings made life easy for him. He was glad to get the win and praised Kempe’s big plays down the stretch.
‘It's incredible’, the Kings goalie said. ‘Tons of speed, for him to be able to control the puck and get across the net like that and make that, it's huge. And he's one of the guys that we count on in those overtime situations. He has plenty of game-winning goals like that so we count on him to do that, and he comes through’.
Kempe has scored a total of 11 winners in his NHL career, which includes three in overtime.
Alex Iafallo pushed his point streak to seven games as well and Cal made a total of 33 saves for LA, which pushed their record to 7-5-1 in the season. The team has also won back to back games on the road for the first time since February 2019.
The Kings also started out their streak with a 5-2 win against the Canadiens last October 30 at home. Since then, the team has been on fire and this is the story of the season for some time now. They look to keep it going and earn the top spots in the league for the 2022 season.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores