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Kopitar scores 400th NHL goal

NHL star Anže Kopitar. Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Slovenian ice hockey player Anže Kopitar scored his 400th goal in the National Hockey League (NHL) as his Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas on 8 November for their seventh straight road game to start the season.

The 36-year-old, who comes from the steel town of Jesenice, scored into an empty net with 12 seconds left for the final score of 4:1 for the Kings, in what was his goal No. 400 for the Los Angeles franchise.

"I didn't think it was going to happen tonight, [but] I figured I'd give it a go (at an empty net)," Kopitar, the team captain, was quoted as saying at the official website of the NHL.

"Memories like this, you want to be on the winning side of this. I thought we played a solid, solid game tonight. It's obviously a good feeling to get the two points", he added after reaching the milestone.

Kopitar has joined Luc Robitaille (557), Marcel Dionne (550) and Dave Taylor (431) as the fourth player to score at least 400 career goals with the Los Angeles Kings.

This is Kopitar's 18th season with the Kings. He joined the team in what is the world's biggest professional league at the age of 19.

In 2021 he became the 91st player in the history of the league to score 1,000 points (goals and assists combined). By now he has scored 1,151, which makes him the 59th top NHL scorer of all time.

A five-time All Star, Kopitar has won the championship trophy with his team two times.

The NLH comprises a total of 32 teams, 25 in the United States and seven in Canada.


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