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Video: Anze Kopitar scores yet another shorthanded goal for the Kings

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
KingsThe success of the Los Angeles Kings this postseason has allowed Anze Kopitar to get the national recognition he deserves for being one of the best two-way players in the NHL.

He's been arguably the best -- and most valuable -- player on the team during their playoff run, and has been making an impact in every situation. He drives the play and produces at even strength, he plays on the power play, and he's a top penalty killer.

During the first period of Game 5 on Tuesday night in Phoenix he showed off his ability on the PK once again by scoring yet another shorthanded goal for the Kings. That goal gives them five shorthanded goals this postseason in just their 14th game.

Kopitar has scored two of them.

Even more impressive is the fact that (through the first period of Game 5) the Kings have scored all five of their shorthanded goals with him on the ice, and allowed just one power play goal to their opponents during that time. And that is pretty unbelievable.

Here's a look at his goal on Tuesday, which came after he won an offensive zone faceoff, went to the front of the net, and deflected a Drew Doughty shot from the point past Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.



Going back as far as the 1997-98 playoffs only three teams have scored more shorthanded goals than the Kings in a single playoff run: the 2002 Red Wings (7), the 2008 Red Wings (6) and the 1998 Red Wings (6).

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