Los Angeles hockey players beat Colorado 5:2 on the road in Denver. Kraljevo captain Anže Kopitar also proved himself against the current champions of the NHL League, contributing three assists.
“I like that we played well as a team and won. I don’t think we conceded much against a really good team. Every player gave their all today and that’s what we need to keep winning. We had an answer to every a goal scored by a rival and it was nice to see” Kopitar said after the fifth consecutive victory.
“Right now we have really good chemistry in the team and we’re enjoying the wave we’ve ‘ridden’. When a wave like that comes you don’t have to think too much, you just play and enjoy it. We’ll try to ride that wave as long as we can, “ added the best Slovenian hockey player, who together with his teammates remained at the top of the West along with Vegas. Both teams have 84 points.
“He has been playing at the same high level in the NHL for 17 years. Right now, the puck is going into the net a little more for us than usual, but Kopi is proving himself every day and showing his mastery every time.” he said about Kopitar Adrian Kempewho scored two goals after passes from Hrušičan.
Kempe opened the home net in the ninth minute when he took advantage of a nice pass from the Slovenian grandmaster in the counterattack. A good eight minutes later, the Kings increased their lead through a goal Gabriel Vilardito whom Kopitar made a magnificent backhand pass after winning the puck near the fence.
In the second period, the defenders of the Stanley Cup lowered the score, and after only 24 seconds of the last period, Kempe made it 3:1 from the turn. Kopitar scored the pass again. After the reduction Nathan MacKinnon with one more player on the ice, he answered just 15 seconds later Phillip Danault, who also scored the Kings’ fifth goal.
Matches on March 9:COLORADO – LOS ANGELES 2:5 (0:2, 1:0, 1:3) Rodrigues 35th, MacKinnon 45th; Kempe (both Kopitar passes) 9th, 41st, Vilardi (Kopitar) 18th, Danault 45th, 58th.
MONTREAL – NY RANGERS 3:4 – penalty kicks
WASHINGTON – NEW JERSEY 2:3 – penalty kicks
PITTSBURGH – NY ISLANDERS 3:4 – in extra time
TAMPA BAY – VEGAS 3:4 – in extra time
BUFFALO – DALLAS 4:10
CAROLINA – PHILADELPHIA 1:0
EDMONTON – BOSTON 2:3
ST. LOUIS – SAN JOSE 4:2
ARIZONA – NASHVILLE 4:1
SEATTLE – OTTAWA 4:5
Matches on March 10:FLORIDA – CHICAGO CALGARY – ANAHEIM