Handzus, Kopitar lift Kings past Stars in OT
Handzus scored at 55 seconds of overtime, and Kopitar had his first three-goal game in the NHL in the
“I stress with every team, if you play with a checking mentality, good things happen,”
“You never want to put yourself in the hole like we did, but it shows the character that we have,” Neal said. “When you come back like that, any little bounce in overtime is going to win it. Tough loss, but it’s a good character comeback for us.”
Dallas scored twice in under 2 minutes to cut the
“It was a good game, right, then the good old
Los Angeles is 5-1 this season and 44-22-8 overall when Kopitar – the first Slovenian to player in the NHL – scores. He leads the
Kopitar opened the scoring with a highlight-reel goal. Receiving the puck on the right side, he shook off defender
“That’s a hockey player play,” Murray said. “That’s a powerful play, and it takes a very courageous player to make that kind of strong move. Boy, for a young guy to start playing that and showing that kind of performance, that’s pretty exciting stuff.”
Kopitar added two more in the second period, scoring on a power play and then on a nifty backhander that Auld couldn’t control.
“His scoring is what’s expected, but it’s everything else he’s doing that is taking him to the next level,”
Frolov proved a valuable part of the offense after sitting out Monday night and being criticized by Murray for a lack of effort.
Frolov responded well, making an impact on the ice. He started quickly with an assist on Simmonds’ goal at 15:37 of the opening period. Frolov broke free down the left side and found Simmonds, who backhanded the puck past Auld to make it 2-0. Frolov also assisted on Kopitar’s third goal, which ricocheted off Auld’s glove.
“He played really well,” Brown said about Frolov. “He’s a pro guy.”