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Kings get first win of 2013

Jan 26, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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After watching an endless loop of Nail Yakupov‘s game-tying goal celebration and seeing every team other than the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames grab victories, the Los Angeles Kings finally won their first game of the season on Saturday after starting 0-2-1.

That’s the first true sign that the defending champs are “back.”

The second is that their frequently brilliant Twitter page was already chirping away, delivering this clever barb toward Jason LaBarbera and the Phoenix Coyotes, who ultimately fell to Los Angeles 4-2 tonight.

Not the most gentle way to treat a former employee, huh?

Anze Kopitar‘s also scored his first two goals of the season, which you can see below:

The Kings moved into fourth place in the Pacific and 12th in the West with that win (as of this writing), although getting their top scorer back – and letting out a sigh of relief – is likely more important.

  1. hasekneverretires - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I actually watched this game. First time watching a Coyotes game.
    First off, they’re not as bad as the haters want you to believe.
    That being said, the refereeing was HORRIBLE!!!

    Final score should read like this:
    Kings 2
    Referees 2
    Coyotes 2

    I guess the referees need the pre-season as much as some of the teams do.

  2. thailer35 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I truly thought game five of the western conference finals last year was the worst officiated game I would ever see. And then tonight happens. The coyotes were robbed of two legitimate goals. Where was that ultra-quick whistle last year when smiths glove was ripped off after he had frozen the puck? I guess the refs decided they wanted to hold onto that one for this game when the puck was still sliding out from beneath quick.

    • ron05342 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Cryotes, indeed.

  3. 1trojanlove - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Always nice to get a win, especially against a division foe… Go Kings!!!

  4. chadmillar89 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    how is kopitars 3rd game his return? any ways solid win and nice to get some bounces are way!! gokingsgo

    • James O'Brien - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Fixed, thanks.

  5. buffedwhiteman - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Go Kings ! 2013 Stanley cup winners !!

  6. buffedwhiteman - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    LA Kings 2013 Stanley cup winners !!

  7. mp1131211 - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Nice of the Kings to finally show up for 2013. Guess they got tired of watching Stanley Cup replays and actually practiced before this game.

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