Anze Kopitar was the clutch performer Wednesday night in Game 1 with the game-winning overtime goal that sent the Kings ahead in the Stanley Cup Finals 1-0 against the New Jersey Devils.
Here’s the look:
Kopitar had the following to say, via L.A. Kings Insider:
“It feels great. Every time you get the chance to finish it off in OT, you know, to face a world-class goaltender like Marty is, it’s definitely a good feeling. … Like I said before, I saw those two on the boards battling. I wanted to make sure I went through the middle. I don’t know if he heard me or not. I yelled for the puck. He chipped it obviously perfect, right on my tape. It happened pretty quick. I was able to finish it off.”
He also said the following on the move on Martin Brodeur:
“I guess that goes back a few years, when we were in the shootout in L.A., and I went backhand on him. Maybe he thought I was going to do it again. Tonight I just wanted to mix it up a little bit.”
Whatever Brodeur was expecting, he probably wasn’t ready to be hung out to dry by the defense. But, just to keep things in perspective for the Devils, New Jersey dropped both first games against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
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