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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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April 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
It might be considered an overdue nod in some quarters, but Kings center Anze Kopitar's defensive abilities were recognized on Thursday morning when the NHL announced he is a finalist for the Selke Trophy. The other finalists are Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, a former winner, and the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, a finalist for the third straight season. Bergeron, like Toews, also won the Selke previously. Bergeron won it in 2012. This is the first time Kopitar -- or any Kings player, for that matter -- has garnered a Selke nomination.
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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 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The band is getting back together. Well, at least two-thirds of it. Based on line rushes at Thursday's morning skate at Staples Center, it appears as though Kings captain Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar will be reunited for Game 4 against the Sharks on Tuesday night. They were a fixture, along with winger Justin Williams, during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012, and a frequent partnership during many of their years with the Kings. There is a slight wrinkle, however, as Marian Gaborik was with them on Thursday morning.
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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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April 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The band is getting back together. Well, at least two-thirds of it. Based on line rushes at Thursday's morning skate at Staples Center, it appears as though Kings captain Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar will be reunited for Game 4 against the Sharks on Tuesday night. They were a fixture, along with winger Justin Williams, during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012, and a frequent partnership during many of their years with the Kings. There is a slight wrinkle, however, as Marian Gaborik was with them on Thursday morning.
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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 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
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April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Gather 'round for a history lesson, of bright playoff campaigns gone bad . . . and gone south, fast. Sunday night's debacle at San Jose wasn't the first time the Kings have given up seven consecutive goals in a playoff game. It happened during, of all things, the Wayne Gretzky era when his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, beat the Kings, 7-0, in Game 1 of a second-round series in 1990. That team featured Gretzky, Luc Robitaille (now a team president), Rob Blake (now a Kings assistant general manager)
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April 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE -- Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart played in 63 games for the Kings in 2007-08, a rough campaign in which the Kings won 32 games, the final season of Marc Crawford's tenure as coach. But it wasn't altogether forgettable. Staurt remembered goalie Jonathan Quick's NHL debut, a win against Buffalo in December. He also had a first-hand view of an emerging Anze Kopitar, who was then in his second NHL season with the Kings. “He was a really skilled player when I was there,” Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate on Sunday, hours before Game 2. “But I knew from his character that he was going to take the next step.
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April 14, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
One season under the NHL's realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West. The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won their new conference's two wild-card playoff berths. The Red Wings will make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, and the Blue Jackets will make their second appearance in franchise history. First place in the East - and overall - went to the Boston Bruins, with the Ducks winning the No. 1 spot in the West.
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April 12, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
They paid tribute to his “class and charisma,” and the Kings sent Finnish icon Teemu Selanne of the Ducks off with a whimsical gift in a pregame ceremony honoring Selanne's career. A standup paddleboard. Selanne is not going off into the sunset on his board - where he can presumably hang with buddy and former teammate and avid surfer, Paul Kariya - just yet. BOX SCORE: Ducks 4, Kings 3 (SO) The Staples Center fans may not have seen the last of Selanne, who will be retiring after the season and did not play against the Kings on Saturday.
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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 2, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
A victory by the Kings over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night at Staples Center - whether in regulation, overtime or shootout - will ensure the Kings of the third seed in the Pacific division and their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. There was a time, not too long ago, when clinching a playoff spot was a big deal for the Kings. But after winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and advancing to the West finals last season it's a start, not the endgame. “It would be one goal that we've accomplished that we said before the season, obviously, is making the playoffs,” center Anze Kopitar said after the Kings' morning skate in El Segundo.
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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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