Kopitar had his modest three-game point streak snapped in a 4-3 win over Dallas on Thursday.
Kopitar found the back of the next in his last game for the first time this season after picking up an assist in each of his first two games to start the season but he'll gladly eat the donut on the scoresheet in exchange for LA's first win of the season.
Kopitar had a pair of assists in Sunday's overtime win over Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.
A solid outing for the Los Angeles forward, who picked up a helper in the team's previous game against Team Canada. He currently skating on a line with Tomas Tatar and is sure to play a key role in Team Europe's matchup with Team Canada in the finals. Kopitar, who had 74 points in 2015-16, should be at the top of his game when the NHL season starts up in a couple weeks.
Kopitar, who recently supplanted Dustin Brown as team captain, beat out Boston's Patrice Bergeron for the Selke award, catching some by surprise. After all, Bergeron won that hardware piece the last two seasons and has been a finalist for five consecutive years - he certainly was better than Kopitar in the faceoff dot, winning 57.1 percent of his draws compared to a rate of 53.5 from the
Kopitar replaces Dustin Brown, who was stripped of the captaincy in May, as the team leader for Los Angeles. The center broke the 70-point mark for the sixth time in his career this year. In addition, the 28-year-old averaged an outrageous 20:52 in ice time per game including 2:45 on the power-play and 2:22 shorthanded. Given his clear leadership on the ice, it makes sense the organization would turn the locker room over to Kopitar as well.
Anze Kopitar is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.
The Lady Byng is an annual award handed out "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Loui Eriksson of the Bruins and Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers are also in contention for the hardware. Jiri Hudler earned the honor last season as a member of the Flames. Kopitar could do well quite well at the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on June 22, as he's also up for the Selke trophy for best defensive forward.