Found May 17, 2013 on Rumors and Rants:
The Los Angeles Kings pulled off a playoff miracle on Thursday night, grabbing a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks from the jaws of defeat with two late goals. But the Kings almost didn’t have their best player on the ice for the big finish, as center Anze Kopitar took a puck to the face early in the third period, opening up a serious cut that needed to be closed. After a trip to the locker room for stitches, Kopitar came back on the ice a few minutes later to a rousing ovation from the home fans. His return buoyed the Kings, who trailed 3-2 at the time. Los Angeles wound up scoring two goals in the final two minutes of the game, to snag a win and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Kopitar was nailed in the face with a puck off the stick of teammate Dustin Brown that was slightly deflected by San Jose’s Dan Boyle. Video of the play is after the jump.

Kings' Kopitar ready to return

Anze Kopitar won't allow a puck to the face to keep him out of the Los Angeles Kings' title defense. Kopitar returned to practice at the Kings' training complex on Friday, and he's ready to play in Game 3 on Saturday night at the Shark Tank after surviving a scary moment in the third period of Game 2 against the San Jose Sharks. Kopitar missed only a few minutes...

Anze Kopitar takes slapshot to face from teammate Dustin Brown

Early in the third period, Los Angeles Kings forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were leading a rush into the San Jose Sharks zone when disaster struck.  Kopitar dropped the puck off for Brown and drove hard to the net when Brown’s slap shot deflected off Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle’s stick and hit Kopitar in the face.  Luckily for Kopitar it seems as though the damage is...

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Video: Anze Kopitar takes a puck right to the face, returns like a man

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar showed some real grit during Game 2, taking a puck to the face, but returning to the ice after receiving stitches.

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Kings’ Anze Kopitar takes a slapshot to the face

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar took a puck to the face, courtesy of a Dustin Brown slapshot, and would have to temporarily leave the game Thursday night. With Jarret Stoll already out, things were looking pretty bleak out there. Luckily, Kopitar was able to return after missing half the game.

Jarret Stoll likely to miss Kings' Game 2 vs. Sharks

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of Los Angeles' second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose's Raffi Torres in the opener. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter implied Wednesday that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time after getting hit by Torres, who has a history of dangerous play. Torres...

Kings Playoff Report: Replacing Jarret Stoll

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Kings stun Sharks with late rally

Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead. Brown scored during a 5-on-3 advantage and Lewis provided the winner on a loose puck with 1:21 left, sending Staples Center into shocked celebration...

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