A good portion of the crowd came to see Sid The Kid, a bona fide superstar, and to see the defending champs. But even more were there to see if Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings are for real.
By the time the Kings scored their fourth unanswered goal of the third period, the answer was loud and clear. The Kings handed the Pens a 5-2 loss, their first loss in eight road games, and practically shouted out to the hockey world that they are indeed the real thing.
Kopitar led the way with two goals, while Jarret Stoll, Michael Handzus and Dustin Brown added a goal each.
Justin Williams contributed two assists.
NOTES: This is the best 16-game Kings start (10-4-2) since 1992-93 (also 10-4-2); The 2009-10 Kings have tied the 1992-93 club for the fifth best start in club history (most points after 16 games was 25 in 1974-75, 10-15); The Kings are 6-0-2 in their last eight games; Jonathan Quick has a 2.08 GAA and .913 save percentage during the point streak; The last time they had points in eight straight was November 2-18, 2000 (6-0-2-0); The eight-game point streak is the tied for the fifth longest in club history; It took Anze Kopitar fifty games to score thirteen goals last season (February 5, 2009); Kopitar, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams have combined 48 points (twenty goals and 28 assists for 48 points) in eleven games together; The Kings have killed 24 of 27 penalties in the last eight games (88.8%); The Kings are 8-1-0 when Kopitar scores this season (47-22-8 all-time when he scores).
Frozen Royalty will be publishing a more detailed story on this game later on November 6. For now, you can listen to the post-game (raw, unedited) audio interviews below.
Anze Kopitar (2:59)
Dustin Brown (3:38)
Jonathan Quick (1:26)
Terry Murray (5:17)
Jarret Stoll (4:24)
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