Meet Anze Kopitar, one of the best players in the NHL who very few seem to know about.
The basics are simple. The 24-year-old Slovenian center led the Los Angeles Kings in scoring for the fifth straight season, notching at least 25 goals each time. His career-high 51 assists this season were eighth-best in the league.
But when you keep a low profile and play hockey in Southern California, it is easy to avoid the spotlight. That is quickly changing as the Kings close in on their first Stanley Cup title.
''When we're starting our games at 7:30 on the West Coast, a lot of people are sleeping,'' linemate Justin Williams said Friday of the sixth-year forward. ''In that aspect, he obviously flies under the radar. The important things are that we know how good he is. If the rest of the world wants to find out, they are doing it right now.''
Kopitar cut the Kings' magic number to three when his overtime goal gave Los Angeles a 2-1 victory over the...