The Kings made the most out of the least again Monday night. They scored one more goal than the opposition and then put the game into a deep freeze. They sure didn’t have their fans on the edge of their seats awaiting one highlight-reel scoring chance after another.

Mostly, it seemed as if the Kings parked a big black bus in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick and then turned away the Montreal Canadiens again and again. The Kings’ 2-1 victory at Staples Center extended their winning streak to five games, including four since the end of the Olympic break.

Jake Muzzin scored only 1:54 into the game and Jeff Carter provided the game-winner for the Kings with a power-play goal at 4:14 of the second after defenseman P.K. Subban scored the Canadiens’ lone goal at 14:45 of the first period.

The Kings’ sense of urgency to protect their lead was impossible to miss in the final two periods. They blocked shots. They cleared rebounds. They won battles along the boards and in front of Quick’s net and ended up with another grinding victory.

The Kings improved to 18-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

“Honestly, you’d like to think you don’t approach it any differently than games in October,” Quick said. “You’d like to think you go into every game with the same amount of urgency because all the games count the same. They’re all worth two points.