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Kings’ Kopitar: ‘It felt great to get us on the board’

May 24, 2013, 2:01 AM EDT

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For just the second time in 27 games, Anze Kopitar put the puck to the back of the net in a National Hockey League game.

For the L.A. Kings, this one was pivotal. Kopitar broke a scoreless deadlock with 1:52 remaining in the second period on a mad scramble to the side of San Jose Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi.

The Kings went on to win the game by a final score of 3-0, and now have a 3-2 series lead over the Sharks in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.

The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champs, are one win away from a berth in the conference final.

If Kopitar was jumping for joy about the goal, he did a pretty good job hiding his emotions afterward.

“It felt great to get us on the board. It doesn’t matter who does it, as long as we do it,” said Kopitar, as per a tweet from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

It was actually Kopitar’s second goal of these playoffs. But he went the final 16 games of the regular season without scoring, dating all the way back to March 25.

  1. blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    ICH BIN EIN KOPITAR !!!

    Of course it goes without saying that we King’s fans are happier tonight than a bunch of flies happening upon some freshly laid excrement. Nonetheless, there’s a quote above here in comrade Tucker’s report which ‘perfectly’ illustrates why we LA Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Said comrade Kopitar … “it doesn’t matter who does it, as long as ‘we’ do it”. Friends, if ever there was a testament given to the spirit of ‘elan’ then surely that was it ! So like many of you, I to am just so proud to be a fan of this wonderful team and it’s glorious enterprise ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. aldog83 - May 24, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    16 goals in 20 games from Brown and Kopitar in last years playoffs.

    Only 4 or 5 between them this playoff in 11 games.

    Can put it all on Quick.

    Need more from our 2012 leaders to continue advancing.

    That said….

    Im proud of the Kings!

    • itwasafumble - May 24, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      +1, but true. I’m just thankful for Richards’ and Carter’s points. And I hope Pancake gets the series-winning goal.

  3. manchestermiracle - May 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Kopi’s not celebrating because he knows they haven’t done anything yet. Two more games to get one win and against the Sharks it’ll likely take both games. No gimmes against that team. Last night was hardly their best in this series and yet they were right there ’til the end.

    Now that Kopitar’s finally on the board I’d sure like to see Brown shake off whatever the hell load he’s carrying. Except for his usual hard checking (and still not enough of that) he’s been pretty invisible on the offensive end. If the Kings get past San Jose (still a big “if” to me) both he and Kopitar will be needed in the WCF and beyond.

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