With 12 shots in Game 3, could Kopitar's line break out? - LA Kings Insider

There has certainly been a healthy discussion about “That 70’s Line” in the Western Conference Final, and for a good reason – Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli have combined for 19 points over the last four games, dating back to Game 7 of the Anaheim series.

While the Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown line hasn’t been as productive – the trio has combined for one Kopitar assist this series, which came on Jake Muzzin’s Game 2 power play game winner – they generated several good looks in Game 3 despite their inability to hit pay dirt.

In Game 3, Corey Crawford stopped all 12 shots he faced from the Kings’ top line, a collection of saves that included several key stops on Marian Gaborik in high quality scoring areas.

“Yeah, I just tried to get there,” Gaborik said of his opportunities. “We’re talking about as a whole team to get in front of Crawford and make him feel uncomfortable there and keep him in net. That’s what we have to do, myself as well. We just have to keep doing it.”

Upon being reminded that the line didn’t account for a point in Game 3, Darryl Sutter said “They didn’t in Game 1 or 2, either.”

He also acknowledged the line’s tough assignments, and that it’s not only goals and assists that they’re graded on.

“They play a lot of minutes, and if it’s just based on scoring, then we’re going to have to win 7-6 or something,” Sutter said. “It’s not the way it works. You’ve got to keep goals against down, and if Kopi can do a good job against Toews, then it gives us a chance.”

Anze Kopitar, on how his line is performing in the series:
I’ve said it all along, I don’t think it really matters who scores goals and who is putting up points this time of year. Obviously for a team to be successful, you have to have your big guns going. Right now the 70 line is going, and we’re just trying to help and produce as much as we can. I think we’ve been fairly solid defensively, but there is some work left to be done in the offensive zone.

Kopitar, on whether he is getting the looks he is used to against Chicago:
I think you can ask all three of us and everybody is going to say we can play better and create more offense and everything. But we’re getting some good looks. Now it’s just a matter of cashing in. I think if we keep playing, keep creating chance, eventually it’s going to go in.


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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.