Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said the team’s character will be tested as it takes to the road for a pair of games beginning Thursday night in Philadelphia.

“We have three more games this week and we have a chance to make it a good week,” Gionta said after it got off to a disappointing start Tuesday night with a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre.” We’ll have a good practice tomorrow and then be focused for Philly.”

Gionta said the Canadiens lost their focus in the second period Tuesday and “a good team like that makes you pay.”

The Canadiens had what defenceman Josh Gorges called a “decent start” but the Kings came out of the first period leading 2-0. That was because the Canadiens missed an opportunity in the beginning of the period and the Kings took advantage of one at the end of the period.

The Canadiens had a power play in the first minute and threw everything but the kitchen sink at rookie goaltender Martin Jones, but he stopped the seven shots he faced.

“Special teams are a big part of the game,” Gionta said. “You have to take advantage and we didn’t.”

And the Kings went ahead 2-0 when Anze Kopitar scored with 13 seconds left in the period after an icing call resulted in a faceoff in the Canadiens’ zone.

“The first period wasn’t bad with the exception of that late goal that really deflated us,” Gionta said. “It could have been a 1-0 game at that point.”

“That one late goal was just a mistake,” Gorges said. “You have breakdowns, but we have to show more resilience than that.”

Gorges dismissed a suggestion that the Canadiens were due for a bad game after winning five in a row and going 9-0-1 over their previous 10 games.