Kopitar's comeback

Anze Kopitar is coming off a three-point effort against Detroit, with one goal and two assists, a game that Terry Murray called Kopitar’s best of the season. Kopitar had five three-point games among his first 15 games, but hadn’t had one since a Nov. 2 game at Phoenix. It goes without saying that getting production from Kopitar is a key — if the not key — to sustained success for the Kings. Today, Murray was asked how much of Kopitar’s success can be attributed to his new line, with wingers Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds…

MURRAY: “That’s hard to measure. I know it’s a hard-working line, with Richardson and Simmonds. Kopitar, to me, in the last couple games, he’s had a tremendous attitude as far as trying to get something done every time the puck is on his stick. He attacks, he’s aggressive with it, he’s holding it in difficult situations and he probably went to the net, in the Detroit game in particular, as well as he has all year long. When you rely on a player of that caliber to be a scorer, those are the areas that you have to get to. You’ve got to pay a price. It’s hard, it’s dirty, it’s nasty in there sometimes, and he was doinge everything he possibly could to help us get back into the game.”

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