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Kings’ top line is all the rage in Western finals

May 15, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

Justin Williams,  Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Rob Scuderi, Anze Kopitar, Oliver Ekman-Larsson AP

When you look at what the Los Angeles Kings can throw out on the ice as their top line, it looks like a fun unit to use in a video game. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Justin Williams gave the Coyotes fits in Game 1 causing match up problems for their defensemen. They’re having a lot of attention paid to them and it’s all earned.

As Williams tells Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, he likes how they all provide a little something different to the game.

“It’s pretty good recipe. I think it’s a little bit of everything,” Williams said. “The power forward, Brownie; there’s Kopi, big dominant centerman; and I guess I fit the mold of the playmaker, puck-handler. It’s only a good blend when we’re all working together. The last month or two we’ve really been moving our feet and creating a lot of havoc in the offensive zone.”

Just ask the Canucks and Blues about how well they work together and you’ll get a lot of frustrated looks. Former Kings goalie and current Coyotes backup Jason LaBarbera says they’re also great down low by the net. One thing is for sure, unless the Coyotes get back to the full team defense concept, this trio is going to continue to give them headaches and potentially turn this series into a short one.

  1. blomfeld - May 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Great article, as these three Kings do indeed constitute the best line in the game today ! … no two ways about it. The fun part however, is that all four of LA’s lines can strike without a moment’s notice, so deep is the talent though out our teams’ entire ranks ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dannythebisforbeast - May 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Best line in the game??? Not so sure.

    No love for Jeff carter??

  3. namriverrat69 - May 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Blomfeld – good post. The rest of the hockey world in the eastern US will not give credence to them as being really good unless they beat PHX and either NY or NJ in 5 or 6 games. East coast writers don’t give much credit to west coast hockey as being in the same class.

    As has been previously stated other posts, it is a shame espn gives no kudos to the NHL and doesn’t consider the playoffs at this level worthy of much attention. I like other sports too but get tired of hearing about all the baseball games, basketball games, world soccer and MLS games, track and field events, who won the demolition derby and figure 8 races, who won the barrel jumping competition, the lumberjack competition. worlds strongest man competition, the chess championship, the lawn bowling championships and then as an afterthought we get a “Oh, and by the way in hockey today the Kings beat the Coyotes 4-2” or “the Rangers beat the Devils 3-0, and now for the top ten list”.

    • blomfeld - May 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      thanks namriverrat69 … not only is what you say absolute fact, but as well, the “spirit” of your remarks is pure Blomfeld ! … good show, jolly good show ! :) … for some reason, I’ll always remember this poll from circa 2003, in which NHL hockey was ranked behind things like Nascar, WWF and the Hunting & Fishing Channel, in terms of popularity with North American TV audiences ! … I admit that golf has become my favorite game today, because I play it … yet hockey will forever be in my blood and what a game it is, eh ? … how people like ESPN don’t get the message is beyond me ?

      ps: hey man, were you one of the “swift boat” guys on the Mekong, back in the day ? :)

  4. 1trojanlove - May 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Go Kings Go….!!!!

    • supr49er - May 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      The Kings certainly have the look of a Cup winner.

  5. dannythebisforbeast - May 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    After great hockey games the other day. Top play was Sixers iguodala making a free throw. A free throw. Hockey on NBC. NBA on ABC all one big happy family. I heard more about one Sixers game then I saw the entire flyers playoff run. Pls so far west coast fans are weak anyway in their passion for their team.

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