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Video: Kings defeat Avalanche on Kopitar’s shootout goal

Apr 12, 2013, 3:05 AM EDT

The L.A. Kings needed Anze Kopitar to score in the shootout to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, and, with a nifty display of touch, he managed to beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a backhand five-hole.

The Kings, who took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals less than two minutes apart in the first period, beat the reeling Avalanche 3-2 in the skills competition. The Kings jump ahead of the Sharks into fourth in the Western Conference standings with a 23-14-4 record and 50 points.

  1. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Is only me that get bad vibes when reading about he kings on PHT

    • blomfeld - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Friend … I can’t speak for others, however I suspect that you may indeed be alone with your trepidations. For me personally, PHT is my primary source for all things hockey, especially our glorious LA Kings. The writers here are intelligent, provocative and immensely entertaining journalists, which is why this website enjoys the popularity that it does. As for their coverage of the reigning Stanley Cup champions ? Well suffice it to say that just like our beloved team, it’s positively second to none! :)

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

  2. blomfeld - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    “another 4 point game tomorrow night” …

    Friends, tomorrow night we host those quacks from Orange County again and this time we need to seriously “put the boots” to them! We’ve only got 7 games remaining now and so it’s imperative that we go on a season-ending tear here, coupled with a complete and utter collapse of the Ducks themselves. Just like the Stanley Cup itself, the Pacific Division is “ours” and so this cute little story about Anaheim sitting atop needs to be dealt with and terminated asap!

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

  3. kingsforever - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    While he only let in 2 goals, they were easily stoppable. Can we just sit Quick on the bench forever? We’re going to lose in the first round if he is our goalie!

    • ron05342 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      You just don’t know hockey.

      The second shot was tipped not once but twice. You try to stop that second goal, without getting totally undressed.

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Ya but Its not the same Quick from last June. Not even last year…

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Yet. He’s coming around, perhaps just at the right time. He carried the team for a long time last year until they pulled their collective head out of their ass, maybe it’s time they carried him for a change.

  5. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    …but I am hoping for the best. If that’s the best money bought….

    • blomfeld - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Sangfroid !

      I’ll have you know friend that Sangfroid (ie: derived from the French meaning “cold blood”) was the credo of the British Army for centuries. While advancing upon an enemy position in battle under a “withering and deadly” fire, the thought of breaking rank and running for cover wouldn’t cross the mind of a British “regular” for even a second. No sir! If anything, such adversity would simply compel him to close rank with his comrades and press home the attack with even greater zeal. And I would submit to you that “that” is the primary reason why we’re conversing today here at PHT in “English” as opposed to French or Spanish!

      Look, here’s the deal with Quick as I see it. As our rearguard captain, he more than anyone is the reason why we won the cup last year. Yes he’s been struggling at times of late … and yes, I too feel pain and anxiety every time he gets scored upon. But come on man, the guy is still recovering from his surgery last September and that has to have an impact on his game, no? Nonetheless, we Kings are different from most other NHL teams, in that we “never” turn on our own like rats when the going gets rough. On the contrary, we will instead immediately fill his place in the line (ie: Bernier) while at the same time offer support to our injured comrade. I can assure you friend that that’s the reason why this discourse is being had in English … and why our LA Kings are reigning Stanley Cup champions ! :)

      Executive Summary: Quick will become his “Conn Smythe” self again before the playoffs even start … I guarantee it ! :)

  6. manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Great start, lots of energy resulting in a couple goals, and then a whole lot of standing around through the middle of the game. They got going the last half of the third and through OT and salvaged a win with three great shootout goals, but that game should have been put away in the 2nd period.

  7. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:37 AM

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