Anze Kopitar summed up the incredible dagger of a short-handed goal almost casually say, one step removed from nonchalant.
"It worked out pretty well," Kopitar said Tuesday.
This wasn't a garden-variety goal scored by the Kings center in November. It was the goal rattling the psyche of the Blues in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday in St. Louis. These are the sort of opponent-deflating goals that can define a series.
The score came with 5:44 left in the opening period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead against the Blues. Game 3 is Thursday in Los Angeles, and the Blues have rallied from a 2-0 playoff deficit only once in franchise history, in 1972 against the Minnesota North Stars.
More history: Teams that have trailed by 2-0 in a best-of-seven series have rallied to win the series only 12.7 of the time.
Back to Kopitar and his penalty-killing running mate, Dustin Brown.
Brown's pressure ...