LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 22, the Los Angeles Kings
gathered at their practice facility where they met with the local media, lamenting their first round playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks
, who eliminated them in five games.
Even worse, although the scores were close in all but Game 5, there were long stretches in the other games where the Sharks dominated, at times, making the Kings look like they didn’t belong.
“Teams in this league are pretty good,” said center Anze Kopitar. “You can’t just think that you’re going to come in and just roll over everybody. I think San Jose was a good example. They just flat out played better hockey than we did. They got timely goals on their power play and we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be on the penalty-kill and on the power play. That’s what usually makes the difference.”
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