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January 10, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings, ramping up for a scheduled Jan. 19 season opener at Staples Center, got some good medical news on Thursday. General Manager Dean Lombardi said tests confirmed the two-to-three-week recovery period that had been initially projected for center Anze Kopitar, who sprained his right knee while playing in Sweden last Saturday, before the NHL and players' association reached tentative agreement on a new labor deal. “Prognosis from Sweden was basically right,” Lombardi said via email.
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April 3, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
There were no loud celebrations in the Kings' locker room at Staples Center on Wednesday, no high-fiving or back-patting or any other hint players appreciated the significance of their 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. And that's as it should be for the Kings, who elevated their expectations by winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and reaching the Western Conference finals last season with a bruised and battered team. Their seventh win in eight games and 15th in their last 19 assured them of the third spot in the Pacific Division and a first-round playoff matchup against the No. 2 team in the division -- likely the San Jose Sharks -- but it didn't set off any partying.
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April 5, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings center Anze Kopitar had enough top-notch scoring chances Thursday to have racked up three or four goals against the Minnesota Wild. He didn't convert any of those chances, which extended his goal drought to five straight games and he has scored only one goal in his last nine games. Instead of becoming frustrated over not scoring, having had so many prime opportunities has reassured Kopitar that his streak is bound to end soon. He's hoping to become as productive as his right wing Justin Williams, who has scored goals in five straight games.
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March 29, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Their hard-earned road mentality survived the flight home intact, making the trip back to Staples Center with the Kings. That hasn't always been the case this season. But the Kings chased one goalie (Ondrej Pavelec) and scored once on his replacement (Al Montoya) to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, his linemate Marian Gaborik added two assists, as did defenseman Willie Mitchell for his first multi-point game in nearly two years.
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February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Slovenia's hockey team traveled a long and difficult road to qualify for the Olympics for the first time, a journey it had to make without help from its only NHL player, standout Kings center Anze Kopitar. But Team Slovenia on Saturday gave hope to every so-called lesser hockey nation by upsetting Slovakia for its first-ever Olympic hockey victory, a 3-1 decision that was well-executed and well-deserved. “It's definitely a big thing for Slovenian hockey,” said Kopitar, whose father, Matjaz, is the team's coach.
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January 21, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings center Anze Kopitar to the rescue … or something like that. Kopitar  pronounced himself good to go for Tuesday night's game at Colorado, the first stop of a three-game trip for the Kings. He suffered a sprained right knee a little more than two weeks ago playing in Sweden during the lockout. He has resumed practicing with contact and went through Monday's session without any obvious issues. Kopitar noted it was difficult to be sidelined for Saturday's season-opener against the Blackhawks, a 5-2 loss.
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September 25, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings center Anze Kopitar made two solemn promises this past summer. One was a traditional wedding vow, uttered when he was married to his longtime girlfriend, Ines. The other was a promise he made to the many hockey people who advised him to take advantage of his skills and shoot the puck more often, rather than always looking to pass first. The wedding, in his native Slovenia, went off without a hitch. So far, Kopitar's vow to shoot is a success, as well. Kopitar, who endured an 0-for-16 goal-scoring slump at the end of last season and scored only three times in 18 playoff games, has scored goals in each of his last two preseason games.
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January 5, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
As the NHL and players' association inched toward a labor deal during face-to-face meetings Saturday in New York, Kings center Anze Kopitar injured his right knee playing for Mora IK in Sweden's Allsvenskan hockey league. Preliminary indications were that Kopitar, the Kings' scoring leader each of the last five seasons, was not expected to be out of action more than two or three weeks. If a labor accord is reached soon and the season opens on or before Commissioner Gary Bettman's Jan. 19 deadline for a schedule of at least 48 games, Kopitar probably would miss the early steps of the Kings' defense of their Stanley Cup title.
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February 11, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Center Anze Kopitar is not injured. Nor is illness the reason he has no goals in his past 10 games and two in his last 25. "Everything's good," he said. Except that scoring drought. "No," he said, "that's awful. " Hoping to stir Kopitar out of his doldrums, Coach Terry Murray mixed up his lines again for Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals. Kopitar will center for Michal Handzus and the also-slumping Wayne Simmonds , who has no goals in his last 10 games and one in 18. Rookie Andrei Loktionov moves from left wing to his natural center spot, between Kyle Clifford and Dustin Brown . The reliable Ryan Smyth - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams line remains intact and the fourth line is likely to again be made up of Alexei Ponikarovsky , Trevor Lewis and Kevin Westgarth . "It's one of those days again with different line combos.
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April 5, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Over many dinners, Kings center Anze Kopitar has heard playoff tales from Rob Scuderi , who won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh last spring, and Justin Williams , a 2006 champion with Carolina, and soaked up every detail. "The old stories come out," Kopitar said. "They kind of walked me through it and I watch the NHL Network to see all the clips from a couple years ago. You see the atmosphere on TV but you definitely want to experience it when you're on the ice." Next week Kopitar will get his wish, joining many teammates in an NHL playoff baptism.
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March 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Every sign pointed to the Kings losing to the Capitals on Tuesday, and they could have trotted out the cliched but reasonable excuse of lacking energy at the end of a back-to-back sequence on the road, against a team desperate to make the playoffs. They didn't settle for a respectable defeat. If the Kings go far in the playoffs - and their 5-4 shootout victory made that seem distinctly possible - it will be because they've shown they're capable of blending poise, determination and scoring into a potent mix. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Washington 4 (SO)
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March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
There were distinct flickers of playoff-like hate, here and there Saturday night at Staples Center. You had Kings forward Jeff Carter and Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin snapping and taking jabs at each other behind the play in the first period with Carter later clearing out the defenseman along the boards. Then there was the game-within-a-game battle between Ducks star forward Corey Perry and Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, flaring again at the end of the second period. BOX SCORE: Ducks 2, Kings 1 This may have been short of a true preview of what could possibly be a first-ever playoff matchup between the Ducks and the Kings.
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March 14, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Anze Kopitar said the Kings lost track of the puck after Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer stopped him on probably his third point-blank chance Thursday, and that's why he and most of his teammates lingered in the offensive zone. "He made a toe save on me and I fired it over the net and nobody knew where the puck was," Kopitar said. "And then they came down on a two-on-one and scored, so that was the one that gave up the lead. " The Maple Leafs seemed to know where the puck was. They found it quickly enough and took off on a two-on-one break while short-handed, a play capped by Mason Raymond's successful shot from the right circle at 5 minutes 6 seconds of the third period.
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March 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Anze Kopitar has obliterated any fears that he might have been exhausted by his Sochi Olympic experience. He was exhilarated by reaching the quarterfinals with his native Slovenia and sustained that emotion when the NHL season resumed. Kopitar leads the Kings with nine points during their eight-game winning streak, and they'll try to match the club record of nine when they face Toronto on Thursday at Staples Center. "Definitely add emotionally. I had lots of fun," he said of how the Games affected him. "A great experience for me personally and for our team.
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March 5, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
To add the scoring threat he felt the Kings urgently needed and stay under the salary-cap limit, General Manager Dean Lombardi had to persuade the Columbus Blue Jackets to retain half of winger Marian Gaborik's remaining salary this season, give up winger Matt Frattin and two draft picks, and still had to demote forward Linden Vey to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. All of which is fine. When not injured, Gaborik is a pure scorer who brings speed and commands attention from opponents.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
You can use several methods to assess progress but there are the old reliable signposts along the long-and-winding NHL path. There's the first 20 games of a season, the record at Thanksgiving, and on New Year's. This season, there was the mark at the Olympic break, and now at the looming trade deadline. Wednesday, at noon, is the last opportunity for NHL general managers to close their deals. And so the Kings and Montreal played their final game before the window snaps shut and the Kings beat the Canadiens, 2-1, Monday night at Staples Center on goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Jeff Carter, who had the game winner, on a power play in the second period.
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March 29, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Their hard-earned road mentality survived the flight home intact, making the trip back to Staples Center with the Kings. That hasn't always been the case this season. But the Kings chased one goalie (Ondrej Pavelec) and scored once on his replacement (Al Montoya) to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, his linemate Marian Gaborik added two assists, as did defenseman Willie Mitchell for his first multi-point game in nearly two years.
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March 2, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Not that he would let it show, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was quietly amused on the bench last week in Colorado. He was trying to carefully manage minutes in the Kings' first game after the Olympic break, particularly in the case of defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter . Doughty and Carter, both of Team Canada, had been on the winning side in the gold-medal game against Sweden on the final day of the Olympics. Who knows? Their body clocks were probably still somewhere over Nova Scotia by the time they took the ice against the Avalanche.
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February 27, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
The Kings returned from their three-week Olympic break Wednesday in Colorado. And like most people coming back to work after a long vacation, they were a little rusty. But they refused to knock off early and were rewarded when a tip-in by Anze Kopitar from the edge of the crease 3 minutes 13 seconds into the final period ended a tie and lifted the Kings to a wild 6-4 victory over the Avalanche. "We could have packed it in easily and blamed it on the Olympic break, and it was the first game back and chalk it up with a couple of excuses," Kopitar said.
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