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Video: Mike Richards talks about road success, praises Kopitar

May 31, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings improved to 9-0 on the road with their 2-1 overtime victory over New Jersey on Wednesday. After the game, Kings forward Mike Richards talked about the team’s stunning run. You can check it out below:

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Probably the most noteworthy part of that interview was his praise of Anze Kopitar. In Richards books, Kopitar is a “top-two, top-three in the world in skill.” Kopitar surpassed the 70-point mark for the third straight campaign, which is particularly impressive given the Kings’ defensive system.

Kopitar scored the overtime winner and is now tied with Dustin Brown for the team lead in playoff goals with seven.

  1. broadstbully33 - May 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    yea richie right behind number 1 giroux and still 1 goal behind giroux with 6 more games played..

    • rainyday56 - May 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Everyone who had points in that Pittsburgh series should have an ‘*’ beside their name. BTW, don’t be suprised if the road pop pong champ is the next big name to leave ‘dry island’.

    • hrudey - May 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Giroux sure ran up big numbers against a Pittsburgh team that was allergic to playing defense, and then put up an amazing three points in four games against the Devils. But at least he was -1 each of those four games!

      But to be fair, it’s not like Kopitar could score against Brodeur either, right . . . ?

  2. hockeyfootball98 - May 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Kopitar is not a better player than Giroux and thats a fact. Every guy on their team thinks their star player is the best in the world, just the way it is. The whole Flyers team was terrible against the Devils but I guarantee if Philly had a goaltender playing like Quick if would be Philly vs LA. Not to take anything away from the Kings cause they have the “it” you need to win the cup, but they win a lot of low scoring games something Flyers were not able to do with Bryzgalov in net.

    • hrudey - May 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      I don’t mean to imply that Giroux is not a great player either, but there is no way anybody who has seen Kopitar play any length of time would write him off in that comparison so casually. Kopitar had 20 goals and 61 points as a 19-year old in the NHL, and those are both his career lows. He’s been doing it at a high level from day one in this league, and over the past few years he has improved his defensive play to be at an elite level as well.

      • danphipps01 - May 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        I guess if I made a casual list of the top five centres in the NHL it would run something like Crosby-Giroux-Toews-Datsyuk-Kopitar, though I wonder about the order quite a bit. Stamkos is up there too somewhere. Point is, blowing Kopitar off when comparing him to Giroux is stupid. They’re not at all that distant in skill.

  3. broadstbully33 - May 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    giroux, datysuk, stamkos,crosby,malkin

    • jimw81 - May 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      My top 5:
      1.datysuk
      2.giroux
      3.malkin
      4.crosby
      5.stamkos

      As for good ol’ Richie, he just wants to be one of the boys and avoid any kind of leadership.

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