LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the Los Angeles Kings expect to take their game to the next level under new coach Darryl Sutter, their best players have to be their best ones on a consistent basis. That includes Anze Kopitar.
Kopitar ended a career-worst, 17-game goal drought less than five minutes after defenseman Matt Greene's go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Saturday night in the NHL's final game of 2011.
"When you go through struggles like this, it always feels good when you get it off your back," Kopitar said. "And there's no better place and time to do it, I guess, than when you're playing Vancouver. It was a huge win for us to end this year on a good note."
Coming off a 1-0 overtime loss at Winnipeg on Thursday with backup goalie Jonathan Bernier in net, the Kings began a six-game homestand with their fourth victory in six games since Sutter replaced Terry Murray. Justin Williams had a goal and an assist, Brad Richardson also scored a...