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February 16, 2014 8:54 am

Kopitar left U.S. game due to illness

Kings fans who were awake early Sunday morning may have shuddered when reading a collection of ominous reports that surfaced late in the United States’ 5-1 win over Slovenia.


Fortunately for Slovenia and the Kings, the issue was minor. Kopitar had been dealing with a stomach bug since arriving in Sochi, hence his third period absence.

Slovenia head coach Matjaz Kopitar, Anze’s father, told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, “He just didn’t feel good, something with the stomach. He was without the power. Hopefully he’s going to be better.”

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessell netted a hat trick in the Americans’ 5-1 win.

Additional reports from Twitter:

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