The Underdog of the Week this week comes from California. A great forward, Anze Kopitar, has been scoreless in 25 games before playing this week. He stopped his goal drought when he played the Phoenix Coyotes. Let’s take a look at his week.
Monday, October 21st, the Kings battled the Calgary Flames at home. He could only register 4 shots on 28 shifts, as the Flames snuffed him and the Kings out in their own arena. After a few days recovery, they took on the Phoenix Coyotes in Los Angeles. Kopitar had a great game, scoring his first goal in 26 games and recorded 2 assists in the 7-4 win over the Coyotes. Kopitar’s goal came just 42 seconds into the game.
Kopitar said this after the game, regarding scoring his first in 26 games:
“I’ve said it before, I’ve been too close too many times. Hitting posts, hitting Brownie, hitting everybody around the net and not going in, so it’s definitely nice to get one.”
He didn’t stop there. As they played the Edmonton Oilers, the game went into a shootout. Mike Richards, who scored the lone Kings’ goal in the game, scored the first shot in the shootout. Jordan Eberle tied the shootout with his goal. Both Jeff Carter and David Perron missed their shots, and Anze Kopitar scored in the third round. It was all up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He misses the net, giving Kopitar the game-winning goal.
Not only did he bring back the scoring, but it was after his appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that helped spark him. They had set up plates around a net, and for every plate that he shattered, JCPenny would donate $1,000 for Breast Cancer research. He did phenomenal, and broke them. He said this about the show:
“I do believe in karma, so I guess if you do something good for something, it pays off. It did tonight, for sure. I think hitting the plates was a little bit easier than shooting on a world class goaltender.”
He’s a big asset to the Kings, and this is just the start of his scoring. Kopitar is back and he is going to be a threat to anybody against him.