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Perhaps it is the other way around with Gaborik pulling Kopitar out of his slump.
Either way, the two have been re-creating some of their playoff magic in last two games, the latest a 4-2 win by the
Kopitar recorded three assists and Gaborik scored once, on the power play, and added an assist. They've combined for 13 points in the last two games against St. Louis and Arizona.
How did it turn around so abruptly?
"Honestly, if I knew, I'd say it," said Kopitar, who had one goal in 13 games before Thursday's breakthrough against St. Louis with a career-high, five-point night.
"But I don't know. Hockey sometimes is a funny game. You just make one play and you start feeling good about yourself. And the next thing you know, everything goes your way.
"Right now, it seems like we've produced quite a bit. We've had some chances that we left out there, But we've got to continue that and keep on going."
The third member of the suddenly surging line,
Gaborik has scored in the last four games and has eight points in that stretch, including the power-play goal that tied it at 2-2 with 2:20 left in the second period. He took a hard hit late in the game from Arizona defenseman
"I think they're getting going," Kings Coach
"They've all had their ups and downs this year and they're all expected to carry more of an offensive load and they're doing it a little bit more now."
"It's always nice when you can a multi-point game going," said McBain, who was back in because defenseman
"It comes down to keeping it simple [on the power play]. We've got a great group in here and when you establish that shot-first mentality, you get a few of those and it opens up seams later. With this group, they're going to find those seams and they're going to make teams pay."
Said Arizona forward
This happened to be the third anniversary of the day Sutter was hired by the Kings, replacing the fired Terry Murray.
And here Sutter stood … two Stanley Cups later.
Sutter, as you might guess, didn't wax poetic and wander down memory lane and start talking about the day he was in the barn at the family farm when Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi made the phone call to Canada.
Sutter did mention the farm, though, when asked if he remembered that Saturday was the third anniversary
"No…I just remember from being a farmer the days are really short," he said.