The Slovenia Times

Kopitar Leads Kings to Brink of Its First Stanley Cup Title Ever


Ahead 1-0 in the second period, Dustin Brown made a brilliant pass to Kopitar who buried it in the net to double the Kings lead.

"I had the puck in our zone and I saw Dustin skating on the other side and I wanted to make sure I fired it across because he was in front of me, then as the play developed it was a three-on-three and I was able to get good wood on it, beat(ing) my guy to the net and was able to put it in," says Kopitar.

Besides the brilliant performance by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (22 saves in his third shutout of the postseason), the game was closer than the final result would indicate and one of the keys was staving off penalties as the Devils even got a two-man advantage early in a scoreless game when one score could have been a momentum changer.

Head coach Darryl Sutter said that "penalty killing was an important aspect of our win tonight."

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams added late power-play goals for the Kings, who improved to an amazing 15-2 record in the postseason which includes being 10-0 on the road, but they can close it out with a sweep in Game 4 Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Kings has been in existence for 45 years and is dying for a hockey title. But Kopitar knows the 4th game is the hardest. "We're a confident group right now, but we know the fourth one is the toughest one. We can enjoy this tonight, but get back to work tomorrow. Recharge and refocus. We want to make sure we get off to a good start on Wednesday and try to get another win". Today the Slovenian has helped put the franchise within one victory of its first Stanley Cup.


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