Although the Los Angeles Kings lost again tonight, one positive to come from everything was the consistent play of Anze Kopitar. Tonight, he had an assist and a very impressive individual effort for a goal to pull his team to within two at a point where the wind in the Kings' sails had all but deflated.
Tonight's goal was Kopitar's eighth of the season to go along with his ten assists. In the goals department, Simon Gagne and Jack Johnson directly trail Kopitar, who each have four goals thus far. They also both directly trail Kopitar in the points department with ten each. Suffice to say, Kopitar has a fairly comfortable lead in both areas.
Anze Kopitar has not only shown that he could come back from his devestating ankle injury last spring but that he can produce at the same level he's always been able to - and that's something his teammates should take into account and see it as an example of how to play their best hockey.
Tonight was a poor showing by the Los Angeles Kings but they can definitely take some solace in Kopitar's game and when the rest of the team finds their way back on track, Kopi will still be there leading the way.
There wasn't much good that came from tonight's loss for Los Angeles but when Kopitar's out there giving it his all, that's always a plus, win or lose.
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