He was exhilarated by reaching the quarterfinals with his native Slovenia and sustained that emotion when the
"Definitely add emotionally. I had lots of fun," he said of how the Games affected him. "A great experience for me personally and for our team. For, I think, every single athlete that was there, just like it always is. Maybe it gives you a little boost. …
"Maybe sometimes a little bit of a change of scenery, a little break from the everyday that we have going here, it's welcome and kind of, I guess, reboots you."
Defense has been the Kings' foundation during the streak as they've outscored opponents, 25-12. Kopitar, one of the NHL's top two-way centers, has had an impact there too — he's plus-6 in that span.
Despite his offensive success, Kopitar hasn't been able to set up winger
"I think it's coming along. I think we've had some chances over the course of the last two games," Kopitar said Wednesday. "We didn't connect on any yet but I'm sure that's going to come too."
Gaborik praised Kopitar as a fine playmaker and someone he had to be aware of when they faced each other.
"We're creating some chemistry and it should get better and better," Gaborik said. "I'm adjusting, but it's going, I think, in the right direction."
Miller will return
Bob Miller, who is in his 41st season as the voice of the Kings, has agreed to a one-year contract that will take effect July 1. "At this point in my career I am signing for one year at a time," Miller, 75, said via email. "After that I will decide what to do about the 2015-16 season."
What's in a number?
"I think today's game, the most important part is percentages," he said, adding that awarding a point for overtime or shootout losses makes winning percentage a better measure of coaches' performances. In 1,023 regular-season games he has 499 wins, 371 losses, 101 ties and 52 overtime/shootout losses. His winning percentage is .563, based on points earned divided by points available.
"When we got the 1,000-game thing, [it means] you're able to do it over a long period of time. That means you can do that. But the winning and the percentage is what's important because at the end of the day that allows you to be a playoff team. I'm more into how many playoff games you're in as a coach than anything else. I'd rather have a whole lot of playoff games than anything else. Only reason you do it."
His playoff record is 72-67, including a
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